Penfolds 1956 Grange is extremely rare – a curio and valuable collector’s item. Well cellared bottles may show fully developed fruit and lacy tannins but most are past their best. A ‘lighter’ Grange which spent less time (about nine months) in oak and was bottled early. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 14 and 53. The 1955 included a small amount (4 per cent) of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Some vintage notes:
VINTAGE CONDITIONS Cooler than average growing season followed by cool to mild conditions at vintage.
GRAPE VARIETY Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz (Syrah)
MATURATION Nine months in American oak hogsheads.
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 13% – Acidity: 5.90g/L – pH: 3.70
LAST TASTED Nov 1994
PEAK DRINKING Now