Grange 1980


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Tasting Notes

The least impressive, but still a very great wine, is the dark garnet-hued 1980. Still a young wine at age 29, it exhibits massive earthy, meaty, bacon fat notes intermixed with notions of scorched earth, blackberries, currants, pepper, and spice. Full and rich with slightly rustic tannins, it has a good 20 years of life ahead of it. Grange, Penfolds’ flagship wine, is, by many accounts, the most renowned and world-famous wine produced in Australia, and these six vintages from my cellar all acquitted themselves well. These wines are almost always Shiraz, but many vintages include less than 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and there are cross-appellations blends from vineyards in the Barossa and McLaren Vale. (94+ points)

Score: 94

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2009-2029 30 June 2009

Rich, sweet and silky, delivering a lovely mouthful of lush fruit flavors, centering around currant and plum, with hints of licorice and leather at the edges. Expands and deepens on the finish. Approachable now, but should continue to improve for years.

Score: 93, Wine Spectator Maturity: 1997+ 31 January 1997