Penfolds Grange Hermitage

Penfolds Grange Hermitage

From Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Magill

Vintage: 2004
Description: "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. 1,000 cases imported." (ws). "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." (wa). "($450; 96% shiraz and 4% cabernet sauvignon) 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." (iwc). "This most anticipated Grange is on the one hand a truly exceptional shiraz, but on the other is a genuine departure from Grange's typical style. It's powerful, layered and bruising to be sure, but there's nothing heavy, clunky or over the top about it. In fact, it's remarkably elegant and balanced – a heady, deep and alluring wine whose deep violet-like aromas and wild, brambly flavours of cassis, blackberries, redcurrants and blueberries simply soak up its finely integrated sweet oak. Saturated with fruit, it's long, velvet-like and sumptuous; underpinned by fine, tight and drying tannins before finishing long, savoury and mineral, with lingering nuances of licorice, cloves, bay leaf, anise and cola. Spectacular. (South Australia, 19.5/98, drink 2034-2044)" (jo). "It is tempting to drink this intense yet sumptuous wine now, as many Americans would, yet its glory is its ability to age for, as Penfolds' greatest Granges do, up to 50 years. It has a deep crimson rim and shows unfolding aromas of camphor, liquorices, rhubarb, black cherry, mulberry and black pepper. The palate is tight in its graphite and black pepper top notes, then reveals mocha and leafy green notes to go with juicy mulberry and black cherry. Full, supple tannins, with great structure. Bright yet tight." ( "The 2004 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange, to be released May 1, is tipped to be one of the great vintages of Australia's top wine. "It's certainly a benchmark wine, a very, very fine vintage," Langton's Wine Auctions' Andrew Caillard, an authority on Penfolds wines, said. "It eclipses the 2002. It's the best since 1998." ( | April 21, 2009)
Price: $ 369.95
Price in original currency: None

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First added to 1000 Corks on October 30, 2020.