I found another super-premium red wine from 2004, this time a Cabernet Sauvignon, to compare with the three Shirazes commented on before.
The 2004 Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Barossa, which is a region which is often criticised for producing Cabernet not so typical for the variety. Yet a number of famous Cabernets come from this region.
This 2004 Cyril Henschke opens with strong blackcurrant flavours. They are certainly typical for the variety. Eucalypt flavours, often associated with Henschke wines, are only slight and rather pleasant. The wine seems to have good balance in the beginning. Unfortunately, the tannins have softened so much that the wine seems to fall off on the finish, like falling off a cliff. This really wipes out a lot of the favourable impressions on the front palate. Having said this, I still quite like the purity of the flavours in this wine. Drink this wine now.