- 1983 Penfolds Shiraz Grange - Australia, South Australia (9/26/2006)
Still a very dark red: little signs of age. The nose is lovely and open and seems to have entered early maturity finally! There is much sweet red berries and a touch of earth, but still quite a bit of oak showing through though it is getting integrated. There is lovely depth to the nose, and there is also a slight note of forest floor. It seems to be losing the youthful tarriness that I find in younger Grange (and found even just 2 years ago with the 1983) and young Aussie Shiraz in general. The palate has mouthfilling fruit, still quite a bit of tannins, but fine supporting acidity. No way can this be called an elegant wine, but it is balanced and there is a touch of freshness to it which brings a much needed lighter touch to the otherwise massive wine. Very long aftertaste. From what I have tasted of Grange, this seems to be as good an example of the ideal as one can get. A pity then that I don't really appreciate this style other than intellectually. This was a memorable glass even for me, but would surely have been a life changing one if I did like the style.
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