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's Wine Advocate) by Jay S Miller. December, 2009
98 Points Robert Parker
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2004 Penfolds Grange offers a profound nose of black cherries, creme de cassis licorice and dark chocolate with suggestions of cedar and violets. Full bodied, ripe and voluptuous in the mouth, the generous flesh is well supported by medium to high acidity and a firm level of finely grained tannins, finishing long. It''s seductively approachable now but has much more to give and should drink best 2015 to 2035+.
Robert Parker (In Asia) May, 2012 by Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
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
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.