Penny's Hill Shiraz 2004

McLaren Vale
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£17.95 per bottle
157 in stock

Winemaker Ben Riggs is well established under his own banner with over a quarter of a century of winemaking experience. He graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College in Adelaide, what some call Australia’s Oxford of the wine world. Notable alumni include Peter Gago, the current craftsman of Penfolds’ Grange. Ben still works in a consulting capacity, sourcing top-notch fruit from individual vineyards in McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra.

Ben described Penny’s Hill Shiraz as ‘My sort of Shiraz’ and advised this is one for the cellar. 14 years on, the wine has evolved beautifully in a bottle, with its fine tannins and abundant fruit transformed to the secondary characteristics. Deep dark purple-black in colour, it opens up with an incredibly rich nose filled with aromas of spicebox, cedar and iodine. You can sense a real intensity here, which carries on the palate. Remarkably opulent, layered and jam-packed with flavour, the sumptuous palate has plenty to offer – cassis, peppered steak, leather and hints of nutmeg enclosed beautifully with mature, ripe tannins. Redolent with regional character, there is a certain earthiness to this wine, which adds to its savoury character. For hedonists only and certainly has the ability to go on for a further 5-8 years.

Taste & Aroma

Robert Parker
The 2004 Shiraz reveals layers of fruit along with pure creme de cassis characteristics interwoven with notions of blackberries and smoke. Possessing a layered texture, a huge, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, superb purity, and a fine finish, it has the potential to be even better than the 2003.

Producer

Penny's Hill winemaker Ben Riggs is well established under his own banner with over a quarter of a century of winemaking experience. He graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College in Adelaide, what some call Australia’s Oxford of the wine world. Notable alumni include Peter Gago, the current craftsman of Penfolds’ Grange. Ben still works in a consulting capacity, sourcing top-notch fruit from individual vineyards in McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra.

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Region

McLaren Vale is situated south of The Barossa Valley in South Eastern Australia. The local climates vary enormously according to altitude and exposure to the cooling sea breezes. Red grapes flourish here due to the warm climate and varied soil type and the region is best known for soft and juicy Shiraz, old-vine Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean climate with four clear seasons. We can highly recommend the producers Kay Brothers, Clarendon Hills and Shirvington Estate from whom we have some fantastic wines.

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Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.

Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Espeically good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.

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