Decidedly lighter and more easy going than the 68. Leans more on the red fruit spectrum and is well balanced by lively acidity. Burgundy lovers at the table prefered this while the bordeaux fans gave the nod to the 68.
nose was initially plastic and a bit chalky (this should have given me the hint as old Grange can be chalky), with sweet strawberry notes giving way to coffee and Asian spices. Pretty smooth on the palate with light tannins.
NobleRottersSydney - Penfolds prior to 2000 (Alio's, Surrey Hills): [cork, 12.4%] 5% Cabernet. A graduate of the 1992 Red Wine Clinic. The bouquet has soft leathery aromas, clearly aged, but not feeble. The palate ticks all the ‘medium’ boxes; weight, acid, finish. It’s soft and even, with hints of woody spices and a velvety kind of feel to the texture. Gently persistent, with resolved tannins, and a lingering wispy finish. Perhaps not a great Grange, but a great 40-year-old red. No improvement left, obviously, but ought to make the half-century if you’re a child of ’69…
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