One bottle of this wine, which appears to be unavailable in the UK. Now very expensive when obtainable at all elsewhere in the world.
This is my last ever bottle of Grange, from a parcel of this vintage which I bought over 20 years ago and have kept in a proper, dark underground cellar from purchase.
As you can see from the photographs, the label has some cellar damage particularly on the right hand side and the capsule is scratched in places. However, I have no reason to believe that the wine will be anything less than good. The level is very top shoulder, and the color looks decent.
"A wine that seems to get better every time I have it, the 1978 Grange, a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, has turned out to be a blockbuster wine with extraordinary intensity, a voluptuous palate, notes of camphor, coffee, jammy black fruits, leather, and creme de cassis. As the wine sits in the glass, pepper and melted asphalt make an appearance. Very unctuously textured, thick, and chewy, this wine is soft, with a very succulent style. Its color is showing just a touch of amber as this wine approaches its plateau of maturity. Drink it now and over the next 20 years." Robert Parker eRobertParker.com Feb 2002.
From the Jancis Robinson website:
90% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna, Magill, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra. 18 months in new American hogsheads. TA 5.2 g/l, pH 3.3. Tremendous beetroot, blackcurrant, chocolate, forest, mushroom. Exotic spices, leathery, dusty maturity. Impeccable. Richard Hemming MW
8/22/2019 - KoalaHK wrote:
Tasted at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide. 40 Vintages of Grange: Made with 10% Cabernet. Great balance and elegance with much finer tannins than its compatriots from the '70s. Less stewed fruit than '76. On par with '71 but probably not the longevity. This is a wine you really want to drink.
4/28/2019 - MC2 Wines Likes this wine:
Old Grange and some other goodies (Ristorante Morini): This wine is always a favorite for me and this night was no different. I am coming to believe it's still really on the young side and we'll want to wait with our bottles. In addition to the eucalyptus that they all have and the fruits and the spices this is starting to add a bit more cigar and tobacco flavors as well. A bit more secondary but still so very fresh. Opened and decanted for prob close to 2.5 or 3 hours by the time we tried it. Just kept getting better throughout the night.
3/15/2019 - MC2 Wines Likes this wine:
The big 4-0 (Ristorante Morini): I am really loving this vintage of Grange. Probably my WOTN although its slightly younger brother (the '79) and the '85 Monprivato gave it some stiff competition. Again you're getting those darker fruits and spices and a bit of violets and flowers and some eucalyptus. The difference between this and the '79 was this felt just a touch more integrated at this point (although I will say both are still pretty young wines). Really delicious. Drinking window on CT all off - this is going very strong.
8/11/2018 - Nyccablover Likes this wine: 93 Points
Syrah from Afar with a Champagne Flight to start (Long Island, NY): 5/12 syrahs tasted single blind. Nose is perfumed and floral - very feminine. On the palate this seems to have more Northern Rhone styled notes though with grilled meats and game taking precedence over the dark mature fruits. More restrained and subtle than wines 2 ('96 La Chappelle) & 3 ('97 La Mouline) but still very nice.
8/11/2018 - MC2 Wines Likes this wine: 97 Points
An Afternoon in LI w/Friends (Champagne Reception, Syrah from Afar) (Long Island): One of my favorites of the night. Eucalyptus jumps right out of the glass. It's actually quite young and vibrant tasting (amazing to imagine for a wine that is 40 years old). Some floral and violets and very well integrated. It's almost a pretty wine. Really tasty.
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Penfolds, Grange Hermitage Bin 95, South Australia, Australia
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1 bottles, 75cl each
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Very Top Shoulder (VTS)
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