Australia - 1983 - Penfolds Grange - 6x75

  • Region: Australia
  • Vintage: 1983
  • Rating: 92
  • Notes:
    [lying Crown Cellars Hong Kong]
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Tasting Notes

Rating

92

Release Price

NA

Drink Date

2006 - 2020

Reviewed by

 Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Issue Date

1st Feb 2002

Source

E2002, The Wine Advocate

The earliest harvest on record at Penfolds, the 1983 vintage was characterized by devastating bush fires, followed by enormous flooding in March. A blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has a surprisingly low pH (3.41) for a Grange, with an amazing 7.1 grams of acid per liter. The wine still shows considerable tannin in its flavors, but enormously powerful, rich, high acid characteristics. It is somewhat of a paradox to taste. Five years ago, it was exhibiting huge, powerful, concentrated flavors, but also high acid and high tannin. The wine seems very youthful, very backward, and still in need of at least another 4-5 years of cellaring. Whether it will all come together in a seamless classic remains open to conjecture. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.