Totally opaque colour with deep crimson hues. The nose is initially rather closed and as the wine reaches room temperature, the aroma slowly unfold. Concentrate of blackberry, vanilla and blackpepper aromas begin to evolve. This wine is in no hurry to display its virtues. The palate is tight and clearly made of very solid 'foundations'. No immediate sex appeal here, just the promise of a great experience sometime down the track. Coax the wine and the plum, spice and strong blackpepper flavours begin to evolve. Outstanding marriage of fruit and oak, nothing is obvious, yet nothing is missing. The tannins are fine, very firm and totally necessary for the degree of concentrated fruit. Slowly as the wine warms, so the length of the palate increases, and an exceptionally long aftertaste manifests itself. This is a great Grange. Solid, concentrated, very firm, yet still yielding enough flavour and structure to demonstrate its deserved status as Australia's greatest red wine. Cellar 15-30 years.
Notes Sourced from The Rewards of Patience - Fifth Edition (2004):
Drinking Window: 2006 – 2040
Deep crimson-purple. Decadently rich, gloriously exuberant wine with rich ripe blueberry/darkchocolate/musky plum/meaty aromas. A very rich, sweet concentrated palate crammed with musky plum/mocha fruit and balanced with savoury, cedar oak and abundant ripe chocolaty tannins. Classic Grange.
94% Shiraz, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate (Adelaide). Superb winter rainfall replenished soil moisture levels. This was followed by mild and dry weather conditions resulting in a vintage of exceptional quality.