1987 Penfolds Grange. No other red wine in Australia can rival the reputation, consistent quality or proven development pattern of Penfolds Grange. The pinnacle of the Penfolds red wine range, Grange is a rich, opulent, full-bodied Shiraz, destined for a long cellar life. The winemaking process involves great attention to detail; from selecting the best possible grapes sourced from low-yielding, old Shiraz vines through to fermentation and fastidious oak maturation. The unique and distinctive Grange style is based on ripe Shiraz fruit and stylish American oak in fine harmony.
The 1987 Penfolds Grange is a dense brick red colour. A typical Grange showing strong rich, berry fruit and minty characters with smoky oak overtones. Full, firm, rich palate with excellent concentration of sweet plum and cherry-like fruit, vanillin oak flavours and soft, mouth filling tannins. Fruit was sourced from the Barossa Valley (including Kalimna Vineyard), McLaren Vale. The 1987 Growing season and vintage were both marked by cool weather. Crops in most South Australian regions were reduced by hailstorms in October 1986.
The 1987 Penfolds Grange is a blend of Shiraz (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) and was aged in new American oak hogsheads for 18 months.