2005 Penfolds - Shiraz RWT 750ml

Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

IWC 93   JR 17.5   Customer 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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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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Customer Reviews For This Wine

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.

Author: Brenda
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/21/2014
Drink Dates: 2007-2015

Rating: 91
Author: Daniel-san
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 10/15/2011
Excellent - Paired with Prosciutto and Fig pizza. We had it at Crested Butte, The secret stash for 1st anniversary.

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

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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.

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