The famous Australian wine legend Max Schubert (1915-1994), who was legendary during his lifetime, was the son of German-born parents in the Barossa Valley (State of South Australia). In 1949 he became the responsible butler in the winery Penfolds, He was sent to Spain in 1950 to produce the sherry to study, because at that time in Australia predominantly wines in the Port or Sherrystil were produced. He then visited the Bordeaux region and gave birth to the idea of creating a Bordeaux-style red wine in his home country.
Without the knowledge of his employers, he began to experiment. The first vintage was 1951, a red wine made Shiraz and something Cabernet Sauvignon Matured in small French oak barrels presented to the public in 1956. Schubert named the wine after the Penfold House and the name in Australia for Shiraz "Grange Hermitage". The first two years had to be given away and Max Schubert was reprimanded by the management and expressly forbidden to deal with the topic further.
But he secretly continued with his experiments, the year 1955, he presented in 1962. It was an overwhelming success and Hermitage Grange was named the largest wine ever produced in Australia. For export to Europe there were complaints from France regarding the name part "Hermitage", therefore the wine is from the year 1990 only more "Grange". It is a so-called Multi-district-blend, the base is Shiraz from the Barossa Valley with a small part out McLaren Vale and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra, Schubert himself set a memorial to this wine and was therefore called "Big Max" or "Mister Grange". A vintage 1951 was in 2004 at a auction auctioned in Melbourne for an incredible 52,211 Australian dollars (US $ 30,581). In 1990, Max Schubert was awarded the prestigious prize for his significant contribution to Australian viticulture O'Shea Award,