Penfolds Grange 1983

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PDGG198310 UCAU
  • Australia's most collected wine
  • James Suckling: 94/100 "This shows a ripeness and meatiness with plums and berry character."
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  • James Suckling
    94 points
  • Robert Parker's
    92 points
  • Wine Spectator
    90 points

Editors notes

This shows a ripeness and meatiness with plums and berry character. Very ripe and intense. A boot-kicking earthiness. Full and soft tannins. Long and flavorful. Superb fruit and intensity for a difficult vintage.

- James Suckling

Penfolds Grange is Australia's most important wine. Beginning life as an experiment by the visionary that was Max Schubert, Grange has become a wine icon. Officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia, Grange is a multi-regional masterpiece that shows power, concentration and balance to showcase the very best in Australian wine.

Intense, fragrant chocolate/cherry/prune/dried fig aromas. The palate is dense and chewy with generously ripe, prune/chocolate fruit flavours, pronounced grainy tannins and superb length.

Pairs well with a beef fillet and venison.

Details

Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Suckling

    94
    "This shows a ripeness and meatiness with plums and berry character. Very ripe and intense. A boot-kicking earthiness. Full and soft tannins. Long and flavorful. Superb fruit and intensity for a difficult vintage. Drink now"
  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    92
    "The earliest harvest on record at Penfolds, the 1983 vintage was characterized by devastating bush fires, followed by enormous flooding in March. A blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has a surprisingly low pH (3.41) for a Grange, with an amazing 7.1 grams of acid per liter. The wine still shows considerable tannin in its flavors, but enormously powerful, rich, high acid characteristics. It is somewhat of a paradox to taste. Five years ago, it was exhibiting huge, powerful, concentrated flavors, but also high acid and high tannin. The wine seems very youthful, very backward, and still in need of at least another 4-5 years of cellaring. Whether it will all come together in a seamless classic remains open to conjecture."
  • Wine Spectator

    90
    "Deep, dense and chewy, this is packed with plum and mineral flavors that are dominated by the structure now, but will have fleshed out by 2003 to 2006."

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Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Multi Regional

Multi-regional wines are wines that are made using grapes from multiple regions or even countries. These wines are often blended together to create a unique flavor profile that may be difficult to achieve using grapes from a single region.

Multi-regional wines can be blended from different grape varieties or different vintages. 

Multi-regional wines can also be blended from different countries as well. For example, a wine that combines grapes from Napa Valley, California, and Barossa Valley, Australia, would be multi-regional wine.

Multi-regional wines can offer a unique and complex flavor profile, as well as being a way for winemakers to create a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.

About the brand Penfolds

Penfolds, a renowned winery steeped in history, traces its origins back to 1844 when it was founded by Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold, a young English doctor, and his wife Mary. Nestled in Magill, on the outskirts of Adelaide, they established a humble cottage and planted vine cuttings from the South of France, laying the foundation for what would become an iconic winemaking legacy.

Fast forward to 1989, when Peter Gago joined the Penfolds team. With his exceptional talent and expertise, he ascended to the position of Chief Winemaker in 2002, leading a remarkable team of experienced winemakers. Under his guidance, they diligently uphold the traditions set by the previous owners and continually strive for excellence in winemaking.

Central to Penfolds' winemaking philosophy is their signature multi-regional blending approach. By sourcing grapes from diverse regions, such as Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, and McLaren Vale, they craft wines that showcase the finest qualities of each terroir. These wines are a harmonious fusion of flavors, meticulously balanced to achieve an exceptional taste profile.

Penfolds' dedication to quality is evident not only in their grape selection but also in their winemaking techniques. Embracing the use of fine-grained American and French oak, along with barrel fermentation and maturation, they enhance the wines' complexity and character.

Throughout its existence, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking not just in Australia but across the world. With a legacy spanning nearly two centuries, they have firmly established themselves as one of Australia's most esteemed and influential wineries.

Today, Penfolds sources grapes from an extensive network of over 220 vineyards scattered throughout Australia. From this vast collection, only the very best grapes are chosen, ensuring that every bottle bears the mark of the brand's uncompromising commitment to excellence. Whether enjoyed locally or savored by wine enthusiasts worldwide, Penfolds wines continue to exemplify the epitome of Australian winemaking mastery.

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