Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 2004

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 2004

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Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale & Magill Estate, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Varieties: Shiraz (96%), Cabernet Sauvignon (4%)

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Multi Regional SA

Vintage: 2004

Critic Score: 99 and 19/20

Alcohol: 14.5 %

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2055

A truly exceptional shiraz. Spectacular - Jeremy Oliver

Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating
James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2009

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz is Australia's most famous wine with a reputation for superb fruit complexity and flavour richness. It is the most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. One of the world's great wines.

"Quite simply, one of the greatest Granges. It has an amazing depth to the bouquet. The palate 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."  James Halliday

The 2004 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 96% shiraz and 4% cabernet sauvignon from premium vineyards in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate. The wine was matured for 16 months in American oak hogsheads (100% new).

"I really believe the 2009 release (2004 vintage) is one of the best yet for Penfolds, and boasts some exceptional wines. The wait for this Grange release has been much anticipated for good reason, and it is arguably the finest vintage since the stellar '90, '96 and '98 vintages. 2004 was an outstanding vintage in Magill, the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, where the grapes for Penfolds Grange are grown.

Dark, deep red (at 5 years of age). Nose: Enticingly fragrant, yet at once 'Grange' - elements of cola, bay-leaf, malt, Indian spices & 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 & fruit. Impressive. Palate: Seamless 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."  Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Expert reviews

"Deep crimson. Attractive blackberry, boysenberry and mulberry aromas with dark chocolate, mocha, grilled nut and slight camphor notes. Rich and ripe blackberry, boysenberry and liquorice flavours, fine dense chocolaty tannins and underlying espresso vanilla oak notes. Finishes chocolaty gravelly firm with superb flavour and length. Developing lovely apricot notes. A perfectly symmetrical Grange. Keep!"  Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

"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." Jay Miller, Wine Advocate - 99 points

"I'm not sure that ripe, South Australian shiraz gets any better than this - in terms of depth and complexity. It's a credit to Peter Gago and his team. It tastes spectacular. Perfect structure, depth and length. Espresso, crushed ants, blood plums, earth, malt, Asian spice, bay leaf, black tea, pan juices. Tannins cut, crush and mould the wine in the most positive of manners. Massive fragrance. Much like the fabulous 1996 model, though the oak on this one is better integrated than it was with the 1996 as a young wine. Subtle, smoky, barrel ferment characters too. If you are ever going to buy a new-release Grange, this is the one. It's a fifty-year wine. Drink : 2017 – 2050."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 99 points (THE HIGHEST SCORE IN THE WINE FRONT'S SEVEN YEAR HISTORY)

"Penfolds, Grange 2004 South Australia 19 Drink 2012-30 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. 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, liquorice, 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." Linda Murphy, - 19/20 points

"Quite simply, one of the greatest Granges. It has an amazing depth to the bouquet, oak and black fruits already seamlessly woven; the palate 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."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 98 points and Top 100 Wines of 2009

"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. Drink 2034-2044."  Jeremy Oliver - 98 points

"It's always fun tasting the 2004 Penfolds Grange. This cuvée typically begins life as a massive, nearly excessively concentrated wine, but then calms down and loses its baby fat. The nearly ten-year-old 2004 is still a young adolescent exhibiting lots of blackberry, cassis, camphor, charcoal ember, beef blood and roasted meat-like characteristics." Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, September 2014 - 98 points

"Smooth and seductive, this delivers a full-throated chorus of currant,plum, blackberry and spice flavors, hinting at coffee and cardamomas 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." Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator - 98 points

"This is a substantial well-balanced Grange where the tannins and fruit intertwine in perfect symmetry. Drink 2028-2060"  Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal Verticals Penfolds Grange 2022 - 98 points

"This is so precise and beautiful. Balanced and refined. A wine with great depth and focus. Full body, super polished and dense and powerful. Muscular yet balanced. Needs more time still but magical."  James Suckling, - 98 points (Tasted Jun 2017)

"Of all the Granges released in the modern era, this vintage is surely the most respectful of the wine's original style. This is like the 1991 and 1983 models: it's huge, almost impenetrable wine set for a mighty future. Like the grand wines of Max Schubert, this one has that extra tweak of volatility, a complexing factor which has quite simply become unfashionable in these days of bland, sanitary homogenity. Anise, fennel, and ginger topnotes grace a well of sweetly slurring ancient soy and balsamico, with a cheesy little sidetrack about half way though that had me thinking of ricotta and whey. Peter Gago has raided his favourite shiraz blocks in the Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill to forge this colossus, adding 4% cabernet from the 42K vineyard in the Barossa. He's managed to give it sixteen months in 100% new American oak without it picking up too much sap or coconut, and he's kept the alcohol at a drinkable level, so while it's mighty and tight, it still shows a balance and integrity the like of which we see very, very rarely. 2004 was great year; the stalwart Penfolds crew again proves to be the best equipped to entrap such wonder in all its essential glory. Which is what we expect of them, but that's never to say it's easy. It's confounding, for example, to consider how a wine so densely packed with character could present it to one's sensories with such incredible unforced delicacy of expression."  Philip White, The Independent Weekly – 96+++ points 


James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2009
Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

After the success of early sherries and fortified wines, founders Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold planted the vine cuttings they had carried on their voyage over to Australia. In 1844 the fledging vineyard was officially established as the Penfolds wine company at Magill Estate.

As the company grew, so too did Dr Penfold's medical reputation, leaving much of the running of the winery to Mary Penfold. Early forays into Clarets and Rieslings proved increasingly popular, and on Christopher's death in 1870, Mary assumed total responsibility for the winery. Mary's reign at the helm of Penfolds saw years of determination and endeavour.

By the time Mary Penfold retired in 1884 (ceding management to her daughter, Georgina) Penfolds was producing 1/3 of all South Australia's wine. She'd set an agenda that continues today, experimenting with new methods in wine production. By Mary's death in 1896, the Penfolds legacy was well on its way to fruition. By 1907, Penfolds had become South Australia's largest winery.

In 1948, history was made again as Max Schubert became the company's first Chief Winemaker. A loyal company man and true innovator, Schubert would propel Penfolds onto the global stage with his experimentation of long-lasting wines - the creation of Penfolds Grange in the 1950s.

In 1959 (while Schubert was perfecting his Grange experiment in secret), the tradition of 'bin wines' began. The first, a Shiraz wine with the grapes of the company's own Barossa Valley vineyards was simply named after the storage area of the cellars where it is aged. And so Kalimna Bin 28 becomes the first official Penfolds Bin number wine.

In 1960, the Penfolds board instructed Max Schubert to officially re-start production on Grange. His determination and the quality of the aged wine had won them over.

Soon, the medals began flowing and Grange quickly became one of the most revered wines around the world. In 1988 Schubert was named Decanter Magazine's Man of the Year, and on the 50th anniversary of its birth, Penfolds Grange was given a heritage listing in South Australia.

Despite great success, Penfolds never rests on its laurels. In 2012 Penfolds released its most innovative project to date - 12 handcrafted ampoules of the rare 2004 Kalimna Block Cabernet Sauvignon.

Two years later, Penfolds celebrated the 170th anniversary – having just picked up a perfect score of 100 for the 2008 Grange in two of the world's most influential wine magazines. Today, Penfolds continues to hold dear the philosophies and legends – '1844 to evermore!'.

Wine region map of South Australia

South Australia

South Australian is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. It is home to more than 900 wineries across 18 wine regions. The regions are Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully.

Many of the well-known names in the South Australian wine industry established their first vineyards in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The first vines in McLaren Vale were planted at Reynella in 1839 and Penfold's established Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1844.

South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the State to be able to produce a range of grape varieties - from cool climate Riesling in the Clare and Eden Vallies to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Two of Australia's best-known wines, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, are produced here. There is much to discover in South Australia for the wine lover.