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Fairbank Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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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)

Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

Member Reviews for Fairbank Cabernet Sauvignon

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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.


Snooth User: Latour1972
2142003
4.00 5
07/13/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Fairbank Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

Düfte erinnern an süsse Soja und Quitte sowie Fenchel und Ingwer. Im Gaumen an dunkle Likörschokolade, gepaart mit marokkanischen Gewürzen. Die Tannine verleihen dem Wein eine eindrucksvolle Länge.


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Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/24/2010

Grange Bin 95 2004 - Penfolds : Grange Bin 95 2004 - Rotwein von Penfolds Dem Grange wurde der Heritage Icon, offizieller Titel Südaustraliens, verliehen. Grange Style bedeutet meisterlicher Blend. Die Trauben kommen aus verschiedenen Weinbergen in unterschiedlichen Distrikten. Daher steht er für ein breites Aromen-Spektrum und für ein exzellentes Handwerk. Die ideale Mischung zu erhalten und das Beste aus jedem Wein herauszuholen, ist eine Herausforderung für den Meister.Im Glas leuchtet der Wein tiefrot. Das faszinierende Bukett entfaltet Noten von blauen Früchten. Das Aroma ist ausgewogen, komplex und zeigt Noten von süßem Sojaöl, Cola und Quittenpaste zu einer Schicht ätherischer Noten, darunter Fenchel, Anissamen und Melassepudding mit frischem Ingwer.Am Gaumen begeistert der Geschmack dunkler, mit Likör gefüllter Schokolade, kombiniert mit marokkanischen Gewürzen. Darunter liegen mineralische Noten von Graphit und Teer, begleitet von Fruchtaromen wie Quitte. Ein Wein des Labels Grange mit würzigem Spektrum und einem überzeugenden, lang anhaltenden Abgang.    Der Grange Bin 95 2004 von Penfolds passt zu Wildente (für Hugh Johnson geradezu ein "must") oder saftig geschmortem Rindfleisch, zu Lammbraten, zu kräftigen Käsesorten oder zur würzigen Zigarre.Weingut: PenfoldsLand: AustralienRegion: Barossa ValleyRebsorte: 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet SauvignonInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,25 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 7,0 g/lRestsüße: trockenLagerfähigkeit: 10 - 15 Jahre ab JahrgangFassreife: in Barriques gereift (16 Monate)Auszeichnungen für den Penfolds Grange Bin 95 2004:98 Punkte Wine Spectator, Oktober 2009 Rotwein > Australien > Barossa Valley



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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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