The Grange poured out almost purple with just a faint rim of bricking. It had some coconut and vanilla along with ripe blueberry fruit and some tar and leather. There’s also a crushed ant formic acid note you often get in Grange. It is a deliciously bright wine with a heart of blueberry confiture and all sorts of delicious savoury elements countering. It has power, poise and proportion and is dense but not heavy. It is a delicious drink now but I suspect sound bottles (like this one) are still a couple of decades away from their eventual apogee.
Now if this was served blind I would not have guessed this was 39 years old. Even after a 2 hour decant this was still opening up and the aromas out of the glass filled the room. Thick and concentrated there was no mistake this was Grange. Lots going on in this wine leather, spice, dark fruit ... it was ever changing in the glass as we consumed it. Went very well with the Chateaubriand. Apparently Max Schubert's last vintage of Grange and a credit to him. 90% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Well cellared bottles will still last for sometime but I do not see this getting any better.
Top shoulder level, double-decanted 2 hours before drinking. Very little sign of age in terms of colour. Perfumed nose, remarkably vibrant fruit on the palate. Perfect balance of fruit, ripe tannin and acidity. Shows real restraint and class. Very long. Max Schubert's last vintage is a tour de force. Years of life ahead.
Remarkably youthful opaque colour, this started out quite slowly despite having been double decanted four hours earlier, it unfurled and improved over the evening and really began to sing. A magnificent bottle! Still on the young side with subtle animal (?) and minty notes, this is a somewhat restrained rendition of Penfolds Grange. It is medium-full bodied and has years left. Drink now-2040.
Beat your 2013 WOTY Dinner: Served next to the 1982 Mouton, this stood up to a legend and held its own. Graphite is prominent with black currant, cherry then a waft of florals along with a not unpleasant VA note. Finely balanced, the elements have melded together and deliver a lovely experience that isn't as complex as the nose but feels complete. Near to its peak.
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