Last week saw the release of the 2004 Penfolds Grange. Many have already hailed it as a stellar release and it has been greeted with high praise.
“I’m not sure that ripe, South Australian shiraz gets any better than this – in terms of depth and complexity. It’s a credit to Peter Gago and his team. It tastes spectacular. Perfect structure, depth and length. Espresso, crushed ants, blood plums, earth, malt, Asian spice, bay leaf, black tea, pan juices. Tannins cut, crush and mould the wine in the most positive of manners.
Massive fragrance. Much like the fabulous 1996 model, though the oak on this one is better integrated than it was with the 1996 as a young wine. Subtle, smoky, barrel ferment characters too. If you are ever going to buy a new-release Grange, this is the one. It’s a fifty-year wine.”
Rated : 99 Points;
Drink : 2017 – 2050;
– Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Aussie Wine Guy ordered a bottle specially last week in anticipation of at least 10 years of careful cellaring. We look forward for an opportunity to do a tasting review sometime soon..
This bottle has been nominated as our 2010 anniversary wine, in lieu of a new purchase, given our current location and financial situation. We will be acquiring a brand new bottle for 2011