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2004 Penfolds - Shiraz RWT

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA /
  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 56070-2004-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($82) Deep ruby. Expansive, seductive bouquet of red and dark berries, with sexy vanillin oak spice, floral oils and graphite adding complexity. Lush and creamy but lively too, with energetic blackberry and mulberry flavors, exotic Asian spice accents and fine-grained, harmonious tannins. Suave mocha and candied licorice appear on the long, juicy finish. This is absolutely lovely right now, with no edginess or herbal notes, but will clearly repay a decade-plus in the cellar.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: July/August 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Broad and generous. A lively mouthful of black tea-accented cherry and herb notes, lingering against crisp tannins on the finish. The flavors have a purity and focus that comes through all the accents.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2004 Shiraz |RWT| was barrel-fermented and aged for 14 months in 69% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive nose of smoke, leather, grilled bacon, game, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied, it is dense, ripe, and layered as well as opulent. More forward than the Magill Estate, this hedonistic Shiraz can be enjoyed now but will continue to evolve for another 8-10 years.
    Author: Jay Miller
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very fine dark fruit. Pure, dry, dark and mineral. Lots of spice but also savoury. Soft and chocolate textured but a lovely dark dry fruit flavour. Very smooth. Has that savoury character of Douro reds but it's softer, smoother and more approachable. Delicious. (JH)œ40
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Self | Rating: 82

    ... so so
    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Not as smooth as the 2005 vintage but still a nice shiraz. Color is very dark purple/black. Nose of tannins, dark fruit, powerful oak, rubber, and like a bell pepper vegetal note. On the palate you get heavy dark fruit up front with tannins and oak on the mid palate, tannins are integrated at first but strengthen toward the backend, on the back you also get some oak, dark fruit, and those rubber/vegetal notes, like a yellow bell pepper with a little spicy note. All in all good but not right now, hold on to if you have it for at least 5 more years.
    Author: Schmaltzy
  • Self | Rating: 95

    rich, blackberry liquour, spice, full bodied, long finish, balanced.
    Author: Owens Jack
Over the past 40 years, Penfolds has earned its reputation as Australia's premier red wine producer and has played a large part in putting Australian wines on the world map. Over the past five years, winemaker Peter Gago has been instrumental in keeping Penfolds at the top of the Austrailian wine industry. Penfolds Grange, the estate's flagship, is characterized by its rich texture, complexity, and concentrated fruit. Penfolds's entire collection spans across many styles and labels including Penfolds Super Premiums, Special Bin Range, Cellar Reserve Range, Bin Range, Thomas Hyland Range, Koonunga Hill Range, Rawson's Retreat Range, and Fortified Wines.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 234 bottles owned
  • 61 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 61 collectors)