1960 Penfolds Grange Hermitage


1960 Penfolds Grange – 90Pts Jeremy Oliver.  Official production of Grange resumes with the 1960 vintage after the company ordered Max Schub

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It was this vintage, the 1960 Penfolds Grange, that saw the official return of production for this famous wine. In 1956 the company ordered that production be stopped but Max Schubert defied that order and continued to make Penfolds Grange without the companies knowledge for 3 years (1957, 1958 and 1959 vintages). Bottles of the 1960 Penfolds Grange are becoming rare, they are labelled Bin numbers 49 and 95.

Winemaker comments by Penfolds Rewards of Patience, Edition VI

The 1960 Penfolds Grange is medium brick red in colour. Described as a beautiful wine with intense complex fresh dark chocolate, dried prune, apricot, demi-glace, and herb aromas. The palate is concentrated with fruit richness and fine, lacy tannins. The wine finishes silky, minerally and long. Grapes were sourced from vineyards in the following regions, Magill Estate, Morphett Vale and the Kalimna Vineyard which is located in the Barossa Valley. The vintage was hot and dry, the growing season saw rainfall down 20 per cent on average. The 1960 Penfolds Grange is made from Shiraz (92%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (8%). This wine lazed about in new American oak hogsheads for about 18 months. Last tasted in 2008 and goes OK with a mature cheddar cheese.