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Fairbank' Syrah Bendigo Vic 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

Penfolds' chief winemaker, Peter Gago, put the wine in the same league as the 'wonderful' 1990 and 1996 vintages. Not only has Gago praised the 2004 Grange but the average ranking by critics globally is 99 points so far. This really is a stupendous wine that will cellar for at least 2 decades.

Sutton Grange Winery Pty Ltd:
Sutton Grange Winery is located on the southern edge of the Bendigo region, and for many years was known for its thoroughbred racing facility but since planting of the vineyards in 1998 it is now recognised for the wines it produces. The Sutton Grange vineyard is cultivated with organic and biodynamic methods, and the wines are traditionally handcrafted by winemaker Gilles Lapalus. The wines co... Read more
Sutton Grange Winery is located on the southern edge of the Bendigo region, and for many years was known for its thoroughbred racing facility but since planting of the vineyards in 1998 it is now recognised for the wines it produces. The Sutton Grange vineyard is cultivated with organic and biodynamic methods, and the wines are traditionally handcrafted by winemaker Gilles Lapalus. The wines combine Gilles distinctive style and interpretation with our organically grown estate fruit. The release of Sutton Grange Winery wines in 2003 were originally the title of Fairbank. With the maturity of the vines a premium label named Sutton Grange Estate has been released which exemplify our determination to produce great wines. Read less

External Reviews for Fairbank' Syrah Bendigo Vic

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 1998 Grange will be a legendary example. A blend of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, it tips the scales at a whopping 14.5% alcohol. The inky/purple color is followed by an extraordinarily intense nose of creme de cassis intermixed with blueberry and floral notes. As the wine sits in the glass, aromas of meat, plums, and cola also emerge. It is a seamless effort with sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, sensational extract, and layer upon layer of blackberry and cassis fruit that stain the palate and fill the mouth. Its harmony, freshness, and remarkable length (the finish lasts nearly a minute) suggest an all-time classic. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Dense ruby/purple to the edge, with a bouquet of blackberries, mulberries, and floral-like aromas, and medium to full body, the 1999 has an acid punch but also tremendous layers of fruit and extract. Not massive, but elegant and nicely layered, it requires another 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-15 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

An excellent wine as it always is, but this vintage of Grange is one that isn't just built for aging, it requires it. Its flavors and aromas required a good 20 minutes in the glass to show themselves, but with time, pretty eucalyptus/mint and anise aromas came through. In the mouth, it feels more feminine and slender than it has in recent years. It's very tightly wound, with tea, biscuit and plum notes peeking through; its tannins are powdery and pretty, and its finish long and juicy. Drink 2012+.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Lithe, almost subtle, this is a dense, powerful wine that plays its plum and currant fruit against deft nuances of pepper, coffee and sassafras. Finishes with vibrant acidity that elevates the fruit and spice. A graceful wine that needs cellaring to grow into itself. Best from 2010 through 2020.


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: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This dark purple-colored wine exhibits notes of sweet plum, blackberry, and cassis intermixed with some licorice, chocolate, and espresso. It is a blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon that tips the scales at 14+% alcohol. The wine is layered, unctuously textured, full-bodied with tremendous intensity, moderately high tannin, and a 40-second finish. The wine needs a good 4-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025. This Grange should ultimately merit a higher score when it is closer to its plateau of drinkability.


External Review
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.


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Penfolds' chief winemaker, Peter Gago, put the wine in the same league as the 'wonderful' 1990 and 1996 vintages. Not only has Gago praised the 2004 Grange but the average ranking by critics globally is 99 points so far. This really is a stupendous wine that will cellar for at least 2 decades.

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