Penfolds Grange Shiraz
Shiraz
2004
99
1
$799.00

99 Points Robert Parker

The 2004 vintage was outstanding in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill, the regions where the grapes were sourced for the marvelous 2004 Grange. It contains 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays a superb nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Medium to full-bodied, satin textured, with deeply layered, succulent blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors, it has the structure and complexity to merit extended cellaring of a decade and more. The winery estimates a drinking curve of 2016 to 2050; I''d be a bit more conservative on the long end of the range. It will ultimately be seen as one of the great vintages of Grange.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Jay S Miller. December, 2009

98 Points James Halliday

Saturated purple-crimson colour; has an amazing depth to the bouquet, oak and black fruits already seamlessly woven; the longer you spend inhaling the aromas, the more you learn about the wine within, in much the same way as a Grand Cru red burgundy. The palate delivers all that the bouquet promises, and then some; it has absolutely perfect proportions to the river of flavours running through blackberry, Satsuma plum, licorice and spice; the tannins are quite active, but totally balanced and ripe. Drink to 2054.
Source: James Halliday. March, 2008

luke.odwyer

I went to one of the opening dinners put on by dan murphy's and did a comparison between 1989 and the 2004. Obviously the 2004 is very young, but the potential is very apparent.
May, 2009

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