Fairbank Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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Not exactly reasonably priced, so my notes from a wine tasting ($500+ a bottle if you want to buy one...). Well balanced, with tar, tobacco and oth... Read more

Virtually undeveloped, a huge, compacted Shiraz that feels like sucking on a stone of tannin, this nearly gives away its identity as Grange in a bl... Read more

A classic Grange, this '98 is recognizable for the vastness of its flavor, for the inimitable balance of explosive elegance. The lithe, potent, ath... Read more

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Snooth User: penguinoid
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4.50 5
05/03/2009

Not exactly reasonably priced, so my notes from a wine tasting ($500+ a bottle if you want to buy one...). Well balanced, with tar, tobacco and other dark flavours dominating to begin with. Blackcurrant emerges with time. This is a really good well balanced wine that will become a *great* wine in 5+ years time. This is made from grapes from quite a wide region, so in some respects is the 'opposite' of the terroir-focussed single vineyard style of wine making - but still manages to be very good. Pity about the price.


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External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Virtually undeveloped, a huge, compacted Shiraz that feels like sucking on a stone of tannin, this nearly gives away its identity as Grange in a blind tasting. In a great vintage like '96, few other wines combine the explosive power and dense compaction Penfolds achieves in this selection of old-vines Shiraz. Tasting it now is more an intellectual pleasure, prying apart the layers of herbs, forest scents, bold fruit and tannin to understand its form, the wine remaining aloof and distant, like a sunrise over the horizon waiting to burst into flames. As tight as they may be, the flavors last for over a minute, the extreme spice warming every pore of the mouth, shedding jasmine and white pepper light across an expanse of dark, impenetrable shiraz. A classic Grange, this will likely come into its own at fifteen to twenty years of age.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A classic Grange, this '98 is recognizable for the vastness of its flavor, for the inimitable balance of explosive elegance. The lithe, potent, athletic build is right there when the bottle is first opened, and the power of the wine just continues to expand. The deep well of old-vine fruit is black, faceted with fig and date maturity, slowly fading into the flavor of the soil. Or is it the texture of the soil, gripping and fresh, as the wine turns and turns again, showing provocative glints and glimpses of black? Hold onto this wine, as it will need a decade to show itself and two to show its best.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
03/09/2010

winemaker's notes: A blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark, deep red (at 5 years of age). Enticingly fragrant, yet at once 'Grange' - elements of cola, bay-leaf, malt, Indian spices and nougat. An ethereal oriental lift of glazed Peking Duck is interspersed with fermented black Chinese tea. Oak at one with the wine, other aromatics unite to create a continuum of spice and fruit. Impressive. Palate is seamless and redefined. Classic Grange structure - tight, defined & balanced, with 'slatey' / sandy tannins. Saturated fruits - blackberry and concentrated Satsuma plum skin. A darkened flavour theme of chocolate, liquorice and fermented black Chinese tea mask any overt presence of new oak, courting a long, effortless finish. Intense, powerful vs. composed, polished - an enviable counter-balance. 98 Points - 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." 96 Points - International Wine Cellar "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." 99 Points - The 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 Points - 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. Best from 2012 through 2025."


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

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; Irsquo;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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Grange is often all power in its youth, and this latest release offers all the tension and searing grandeur you could expet from Penfolds' most sought-after red. It's not yet expressive, locked in tannins that cover the fruit expression with dark-roast coffee scents of oak. But the tension around the fruit does begin to release a deep chocolate cherry flavor that remains subdued; that flavor will blossom with age, as this appear poised for three decades of development. A classic vintage, and the first 100-percent shiraz Grange since 1963.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

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 winersquo;s marriage of depth, spiciness, fruit, meatiness and minerality is extremely impressive.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The summer of 2002 was one of the coldest on record, the autumn warm and dry. The season clearly branded this vintage of Grange with beautiful cool fruit and extremely long flavors. The fireworks that Grange can produce are subtle in ë02, exploding out in all directions while leaving a sense of elegance. Its power continues to build over the course of several days, almost electric with coffee, mocha, plum and red berry flavors. A graceful Grange? Yes, and sure to be long-lived as well.


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07/13/2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Every time you taste the Penfolds flight of wines you are so impressed on therun up to tasting this icon that when you eventually get to it, you find itamazing that it blows all of its siblings out of the water when you eventuallyget to it. 2004 Grange is quite simply breathtaking. Multilayered, exotic yetclassic, totally dignified, concentrated but not in the least way blousey.Beautifully refined tannins complement a majestic pure concentration of preciseripe black fruits; it has to be tasted to be believed and I think it will beheralded as one of the finest Grange vintages ever made. (Simon Staples, BBR Sales & Marketing Director)

Every time you taste the Penfolds flight of wines you are so impressed on therun up to tasting this icon that when you eventually get to it, you find itamazing that it blows all of its siblings out of the water when you eventuallyget to it. 2004 Grange is quite simply breathtaking. Multilayered, exotic yetclassic, totally dignified, concentrated but not in the least way blousey.Beautifully refined tannins complement a majestic pure concentration of preciseripe black fruits; it has to be tasted to be believed and I think it will beheralded as one of the finest Grange vintages ever made. (Simon Staples, BBR Sales & Marketing Director)

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