2005 Penfolds - Shiraz RWT 750ml

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IWC 93   WS 93   WA 92   JR 17.5   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($90) Saturated ruby. Broad, highly aromatic bouquet of blackberry, blueberry, cherry-vanilla and fresh flowers. Spicy red and dark berry liqueur flavors coat the palate, with silky tannins providing firmness. This juicy, suave, very fresh wine finishes with vibrant fruit and excellent length. Delivers serious flavor impact with no excess weight or ripeness. Bet on this rewarding at least a decade of aging.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 140

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Rich, ripe and focused, with a lovely purity to the blackberry, dark plum and sweet spice flavors, playing against bittersweet chocolate notes on the long, expressive finish.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The 2005 RWT Shiraz was aged in 70% new French oak hogsheads. The bouquet shows off aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, damp earth, pepper, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Velvety textured, supple, ripe and succulent, this elegant effort is impeccably balanced and built for pleasure.

Drink Dates: 2009-2021
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 181

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

RWT (= Red Wine Trial) is a trial that is rather long in the tooth now. It started in 1997 in response to the Baross's growing réclame, and that réclame was celebrated with French rather than American oak. To be honest I’d forgotten this when I first tasted it but the extra focus and tightness on the nose compared with the other reds here is evident from first sniff. Dark crimson, meaty nose without any excessive alcohol obvious on the nose – dryer and tighter somehow. But on the palate the fruit (presumably some old vine stuff) is very rich and round and even slightly salty – some syrup and ground-up tar and gravel is what I got on the palate but I’ve now read what winemaker Peter Gago gets on this: "fresh blueberry (pie) and blood plum. A barrel-fermented vapour net entraps scents of cinnamon and nutmeg, violet and bergamot. Flirting strawberry yogurt (creamy) and freshly cut rhubarb aromatics unwittingly entice". Crikey. I found it not at all sweet – drier than most of these wines - but certainly strong flavours that reminded me rather of gravel essence. Acidity marked but not jagged. £45

Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Brenda
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/21/2014
Drink Dates: 2007-2015

Rating: 94
Author: Jundt and Maritz wine
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/15/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2018
What a glorious bottle! Deep, dark purple, tons of fruit, great tannic backbone.

Rating: 94
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 84
Tasted On: 09/26/2010
Just great.

Rating: 93
Author: rrrobins
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/06/2008
Full, rich and plush

Rating: 91
Author: Daniel-san
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 10/15/2011
Excellent - Paired with Prosciutto and Fig pizza. We had it at Crested Butte, The secret stash for 1st anniversary.

Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews
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About This Producer

Over the past 40 years, Penfolds has earned its reputation as Australia's premier red wine producer and has played a large part in putting Australian wines on the world map. Over the past five years, winemaker Peter Gago has been instrumental in keeping Penfolds at the top of the Austrailian wine industry. Penfolds Grange, the estate's flagship, is characterized by its rich texture, complexity, and concentrated fruit. Penfolds's entire collection spans across many styles and labels including Penfolds Super Premiums, Special Bin Range, Cellar Reserve Range, Bin Range, Thomas Hyland Range, Koonunga Hill Range, Rawson's Retreat Range, and Fortified Wines.

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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