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2004 Penfolds Grange Reviews

2004 Penfolds Grange Reviews

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2004 Penfolds Grange Reviews

99 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“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.” 

98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“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.”

97 Pointz James Suckling

“This has a spicy nose with intense blackberry, cedar, and strong, savory, Barossa-driven, tarry accents. The palate has a bold core of ripe blackberries and blueberries with mocha and sweetly ripe tannins that fan out long, plush, and full. In a good place and still very young.”

96 Pointz Vinous

“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.”

96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

Cellar Selection

“A throwback to the monster Shiraz style of old, with loads of toasty, vanilla-laden oak, meaty nuances, and driving, intense boysenberry fruit, the 2004 Grange should prove tremendously long-lived.”

Bonus Reviews


98 Pointz 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.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

97 Pointz Decanter

“It may only have 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, but the bouquet is defined by the heady waft of its fresh, leafy exuberance. The palate still shows a lively riot of blackberry and mulberry wrestling with liquorice and wild sage, but it glides on a carpet of silk, despite the sustained concentrated power of the fruit. Poise and purpose unite to ensure an impossibly long sustained final note.”

19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Wow – such a big jump up from the 2005, with stunning blue fruit, firm tannins, super-sweet spice and awesome persistence. This is Grange in all its pomp, and it is only just now starting to exhibit complexity – meat, chocolate, tar, earth. One of the greats.”



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