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2004 Penfolds Wines Grange South Australia
Producer: Penfolds Wines
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Region: Other Australia
96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2009
($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.