Ranked #7 of 196 2004 Shiraz from South Australia
Fabulous colour: Very deep purple red, dense and rich and bright. Great floral anise, violets aromas, fresh and powerful, very intense and fragrant. Lush flavour on palate: deliciously fruity wine, not overly tannic at all. Stunning early appeal, drinkability and balance. Yum. Now to 25+ years.
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
94 Points Robert Parker
Gago opened two bottles of this wine, both of which showed signs of past seepage, hence my question mark after the rating. I suspect pristine bottles will show better than these did. A bit mossy and sullen, the 2004 Grange is going through a cranky adolescence. Mocha, cedar and dark fruit on the nose are echoed on the palate of this full-bodied, concentrated wine. It's dark and rich, just needs another 5-6 years to emerge on the other side.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Joe Czerwinski. October, 2018
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.