Chocolaty nose, rich and vanillan-oaky. Sweet honey/molasses nuances. Tannic, drying, a big bastard. Tannin is obvious but it still has a lot of flavour. Raisin and prune. Big chewy grippy palate. Solid wine: needs food, and still has a few years left in it.
100 Points Robert Parker
Consistently one of the most awesome wines ever made at Grange, this blend of 89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon (13.9% alcohol) was the first Australian wine to cost $20 upon release. I have had this wine six separate times, every time rating it between 96 and 100. It had a phenomenal showing at Penfolds'' Magill estate. The color is an opaque purple, the wine massive, full-bodied, and to me, the quintessential Grange. Notes of blackberry liqueur intermixed with cassis, charcoal, new saddle leather, and underbrush resonate from the glass. Huge, thick, unctuously textured, with extraordinary concentration but perfect harmony among all of its elements, this is a prodigious Grange that is still not fully mature. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. A legend for sure!
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. February, 2002
Have tried only 5 different vintages of the Grange including 1990 but i have to say if you can get your hands on 1976 Vintage, it will be like trying the best from Max Schubert very opulent with everlasting spasm of textured flavours long after the wine is swallowed. No dought a score of 100 because till this day i have never come across any wine better than the 1976 GRANGE