The 1958 Penfolds Grange is the second of the three ‘hidden’ or ‘secret’ Granges made by Max Schubert who was ordered by Penfolds Management to stop making Penfolds Grange in the mid to late 1950’s. The 1958 Penfolds Grange was matured in the 1956 Grange’s oak barrels as new American oak was not available. The 1958 Penfolds Grange was labelled Bin numbers 46, 47 and 49.
The 1958 Penfolds Grange is deep red brick in colour. The nose is quite complex and developed with rich dark chocolate/malt whisky/herb garden aromas. The palate is savoury and dry with dark chocolate/ sweet-fruit/burnt toast/earthy flavours and leafy tannins (a touch gritty). The fruit fades off towards the end leaving an austere, slightly acidic finish.
Fruit used for the 1958 Penfolds Grange was sourced from Magill Estate (Adelaide), Morphett Vale (Adelaide), Barossa Valley (including Kalimna Vineyard), McLaren Vale. The growing conditions were good followed by a warm to mild vintage. The 1958 Penfolds Grange is a blend of Shiraz (94%), Cabernet Sauvignon (6%) and spent 18 months in used American oak hogsheads. The 1958 Penfolds Grange has seen better days, it is now best owned for a collectors item.