2004 Penfolds Grange
Syrah - 1.5L
  • WA 99
  • JH 98
  • WS 98
  • IWC 96

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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2009
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... 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.
JH 98
James Halliday, July 2009
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... 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.
WS 98
Wine Spectator, October 2009
Smooth and seductive this delivers a full-throated chorus of currant plum blackberry and spice flavors hinting at coffee and cardamom as the finish floats and sails easily over a bed of polished refined tannins. A touch... Smooth and seductive this delivers a full-throated chorus of currant plum blackberry and spice flavors hinting at coffee and cardamom as the finish floats and sails easily over a bed of polished refined tannins. A touch of black olive balances nicely against it all. Beautifully structured expressive and very long. Best from 2012 through 2025. 1000 cases imported. -HS
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, September 2009
Powerful aromas of cassis blackberry and bitter cherry are complemented by exotic notes of smoky peat pipe tobacco violet oil and fresh blood. Deeply concentrated cherry skin and blackcurrant flavors are underscored by a... Powerful aromas of cassis blackberry and bitter cherry are complemented by exotic notes of smoky peat pipe tobacco violet oil and fresh blood. Deeply concentrated cherry skin and blackcurrant flavors are underscored by a strong mineral quality with a sexy floral element gaining strength with air. The minerality builds on the finish which leaves a wide swath of spice and earth notes in its wake. This wine's marriage of depth spiciness fruit meatiness and minerality is extremely impressive.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Vintage 2004

Label

The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilizing fully-ripe, intensely-flavored and structured Shiraz grapes, the result is a unique Australian style that is now recognized as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.

Winery

Penfolds

Penfolds is an iconic Australian wine producer established in 1844 when Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold and his family arrived from England and paid the princely sum of £1,200 for 500 acres of the best land in Magill. He planted French vine cuttings with the intention of producing his own “medicinal tonic” wine.

When he passed away, his wife Mary assumed responsibility for the 60 acres of vines in The Grange Vineyard, which was then producing several varieties. She managed the estate for 25 years, passing it on to her daughter Georgina and son-in-law Thomas Hyland when she retired. The Penfold family continued to operate the business very successfully and retained a controlling interest after the company became public.

Penfolds now has an extensive portfolio that includes the ‘House Style’ collection, numbered-bin releases, special bins, and fortifieds among others. It has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia and across the world.

Penfolds has earned numerous accolades for its flagship and most iconic wine, Grange, the creation of former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert who aimed to match the finest, aged Bordeaux wines. Initially rejected by Penfolds management, the experiment was kept secret and barrels of wines were hidden behind a fake wall in the tunnels at Magill Estate. With bottle age development, a second tasting was greeted with enthusiasm and production was restarted.

Penfolds vineyards are located primarily in South Australia on prime land throughout the state’s most esteemed viticultural regions. Throughout its history, Penfolds has owned and leased vineyards in addition to sourcing grapes from independent growers. Its grapes are sourced from more than 220 vineyards and grape growers across Australia. This strategy reflects the tradition of multi-vineyard and multi-regional sourcing, first introduced in the 1860s by Mary Penfold, and allows for a consistency of style and quality across vintages, something Penfolds is renowned for.