Robert Parker "From 60-year-old vines, the 2004 Grenache Cornerstone (which was aged in old French wood) reveals plenty of power and potency (16% alcohol), yet comes across as elegant, restrained, and almost feminine. Its deep ruby color is followed by a sweet perfume of black cherries, loamy soils, crushed pepper, and a southern Rhone Valley floral-like character. With superb purity, texture, and definition, this full-bodied yet light on its feet beauty can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years."
This wine is a blend of 12 blocks from within the Hentley Farm vineyard, all with variances in soild, row orientation, clonal selection and micro-climate. This is all in order to create an estate grown wine which displays the treasured characteristics the property naturally produces in Shiraz: saturated colour, fruit intensity and soft, savoury tannins. The top soil is predominantly a red clay loam, and the subsoil varies from shattered limesone to salt & pepper siltstone and bluestone at depth – a diversity which produces an incredibly compelling wine.
Blackberry and liquorice lead the way with dark chocolate and cigar box hiding in the background. Layers of rich fruit are loaded on the front of the palate followed by chocolate and vanilla. Great tannin structure throughout and the persistence you would expect from the Hentley Farm Estate.
Barossa Super 100 Classification – Wines over $100
With over 100 wines featured in the Classification the list represents the depth of collectable wines of distinction being made in Australia’s most famous wine region.
95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com) "The 2004 Shiraz “Gregor” was sourced from a younger vineyard and includes some partially dried fruit in the style of Amarone. The wine spent 2 years in new French oak hogsheads. It is more deeply colored than its sibling and has a liqueur/port-like character to its aromas and flavors. Powerful, rich, and layered."