Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1978
No other red wine in Australia can rival the reputation, consistent quality or proven development pattern of Penfolds Grange.
Grange Hermitage is the pinnacle of the Penfolds red wine range. It is a rich, opulent, full-bodied Shiraz, destined for a long cellar life. The winemaking process involves great attention to detail; from selecting the best possible grapes sourced from low-yielding, old Shiraz vines through to fermentation and fastidious oak maturation. The unique and distinctive Grange style is based on ripe Shiraz fruit and stylish American oak in fine harmony.
Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1978 is medium red in colour.
The aromas are complex, cedar/tobacco/gamey with plenty of sweet fruit.
Highly concentrated and beautifully textured wine with lovely, sweet, blackberry/smoky/ earthy fruit and liquorice, fine grainy tannins and dry finish. Softening out well, but should continue to develop.
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During an extensive tour of the Bordeaux region of France in 1950 Max Schubert studied numerous wine-making practices that have now become an integral part of Penfolds wine-making practices that have now become an integral part of Penfolds wine-making technique.
He also observed the practice of maturing wine in new oak casks, a method previously untried in Australia. The development of Grange Hermitage represented the beginning of a new era in Australia's red wine making tradition.
This knowledge combined with Max Schubert's foresight, skill and dedication has resulted in Grange Hermitage, the definitive Australia dry red table wine, acknowledged to be amongst the world's classic wine styles.
It is recommended that this Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1978 Bin 95 be decanted before serving.
Fruit sourced from Barossa Valley (including Kalimna Vineyard), Magill Estate (Adelaide), McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra for Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1978. This vintage contained Shiraz (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). Maturation of eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads.
Vintage Conditions were fairly warm, dry season and a mild vintage, resulting in wines at the richer end of the spectrum. Winery Notes