Robert Parker 92
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. Imported by Southcorp Wines North America, Monterey, CA; tel. (408) 655-4848.
Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020
94% Shiraz, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide) blend. From a drought year. Meaty and rich and much livelier than the 1982. Spice and herbs and cough medicine. This vintage is one of Peter Gago’s favourites, but for 15 years they didn’t show it because the Penfolds high-ups weren’t too keen on it.
Anticipated maturity: 2000-2020