1969 Penfolds Grange


1969 Penfolds Grange Bin 826.  Rated 91 pts by Jeremy Oliver.  A very successful wine from a difficult vintage.

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The 1969 Penfolds Grange was a very successful wine from what was regarded as a difficult vintage. The 1969 growing season experienced double the normal rainfall, the vintage was mild but wet. The 1969 Penfolds Grange is becoming quite rare, it isn’t regarded as an outstanding Grange but it was still the best Penfolds wine made from the 1969 vintage and an excellent wine. The 1969 Penfolds Grange won 5 trophies, 6 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 2 bronze medals between 1969 and 1975. The 1969 Penfolds Grange was labelled Bin numbers Bin 826 and Bin 95. Fruit for the 1969 Penfolds Grange was sourced from vineyards located in the Barossa Valley (including the Kalimna Vineyard), Calre Valley, Coonawarra, Morphett Vale and Magill Estate. The 1969 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 95% shiraz and 5% cabernet sauvignon and was matured in new American oak for 18 months. During the Rewards of Patience – sixth edition she was described as “still holding but the fruit is beginning to fade”.