Penfolds Grange is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most famous wines. It has a long history of successes and love by its partakers. Unlike any other old cult wine, this wine brand is not grown in small fruit yards or a single vineyard. Penfolds Grange wine grapes are grown over a wide area, making its composition and taste change yearly. It is globally considered a highly collectable wine brand, and the most collected in Australia. Its current owner is Treasury wine estates.
History of the Penfolds Grange wine
Max Schubert, who was a Penfolds wine-maker in the mid-90s, made this brand as an experiment. For this reason, most of the first wine batches were given out for tasting purposes. His wine making techniques were borrowed from Bordeaux, when he travelled to Europe one time. Max’s main aim was to create a red wine brand which out-matched the Bordeaux wine brands. This is how he came up such a fine wine brand as the Penfolds Grange.
To date, the initial wine bottles that had been given out as an experiment are still available; for instance in 2004, there was one original wine bottle auctioned at $50 000. This experimental bottle dated to 1951; however, the first bottle sold was in 1952. Controversy and criticism in the mid-1950s led to the dismissal of Schubert as the producer, but he secretly continued with the production until 1959. The true value of these wines started being appreciated much later, as the wine aged.
Awards and collectability
Penfolds Grange 1955 vintage edition is a classic in winning awards and being a collectable. It was first submitted to various wine competitions in 1962 and has not looked back from then onwards. So far, the 1952 vintage has won over 50 gold medals going as far as to win the wine Olympics held in Paris in 1971. The 1955 vintage is not the only Penfold wine with accolades, because the 1990 vintage scooped the Wine of the year award, awarded by Wine Spectator magazine in 1995.
This wine brand has an incredibly high collectability! The original 1955 production auctioned for a whopping $50 000. Some auctions have seen collectors parts with Australian Dollars $150 000. The Penfold Grange is a true national treasure as it is the only wine to be listed under the heritage of �South Australian National Trust’