2004 Vintage

2004 Rudderless Grenache

  • The 2004 Grenache is a pleasure to drink. It cascades with berry fruit flavour and then has an accentuated smoked paprika and white pepper spice; while having all the wild expression of the sea. A very generous and plush style proving once again that McLaren Vale is perfectly married to this old age variety.
  • The 2004 Grenache (aged in neutral old Burgundy barrels) offers soaring aromas of sweet red and black fruits, licorice, pepper, and spice. It is a deep, opulent, full-bodied, voluptuously-textured red that hits all the sweet spots as it cascades over the palate. Filled with purity, symmetry, power, and grace, it should drink well for 4-6 years.” (October 2006)
  • Reviewer: Robert Parker, Rating: 94 points, Drink: 2006 – 2012


2004 Rudderless GSM

  • The 2004 Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro is a dynamic explosion of earth, spice and fruit. Initially it shows currants, dates and dark cherry fruit complimented by cinnamon and clove spice. It’s texture carries all the other flavours well after the wine leaves the mouth.
  • A blend of 56% Grenache, 35% Shiraz, and 9% Mataro, the exceptionally intense 2004 Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro boasts beautiful spicy, flamboyant aromatics that offer up scents of blueberries, kirsch, jammy black currants, pepper, smoke, and earth. This sexy, full-bodied, impressively endowed wine is super-charged with fruit, glycerin, and extract. And, like the grenache, came in at a relatively modest alcohol level, 14.8%. Enjoy it over the next decade.” (October 2006)
  • Reviewer: Robert Parker, Rating: 95 points, Drink: 2006 – 2016


2004 Rudderless Mataro

  • The 2004 Mataro is inky and bright. A mouthful coats the mid palate with brandied fruit and then leaves black pepper and aniseed to linger until the next mouthful.
  • A tiny production, 65 cases, will make the 2004 Mataro difficult to find. Aged in neutral old Burgundy barrels, it is a dense ruby/purple-hued effort displaying notes of crushed rocks, blueberries, raspberries, and an aged beef-like character that gives the wine a wild/rustic style. It should evolve nicely for a decade or more” (October 2006)
  • Reviewer: Robert Parker, Rating: 90 points, Drink: 2006 – 2016

Rudderless 2004 Grenache