(From 2003 Vintage) Inky purple-black in color, this looks like a heavyweight, and lovers of big, rich wines likely won’t be disappointed. It’s full-bodied, verging on heavy, with chocolaty plum and prune flavors that nevertheless stay surprisingly fresh on the long finish.
(From 2009 Vintage) COLOUR: Glossy. Deep red with a magenta rim. NOSE: Varietal berried fruits laden with a spray of exotic spices from afar. Scents of red apple skin (Fuji, Pink Lady ?) and cold cured meats propelled … yes, an unusual pairing. French oak makes a late appearance … a sesame/tahini guise, not that of cedar. PALATE: Plush. Plummy, Persuasive. Convincingly Barossa by birthright and Penfolds by style: blueberry/ plummy fruits avec juniper; custom-built, trademark rich mid-palate. Charcuterie, cold (Polish) meat artefact that may well be Shiraz fruit-derived; moreover, peat/coal dust undertones that have, without doubt, been acquired courtesy of the oak and time. Tannins and a buoyant and balanced acidity court a long and persistent finish.
Robert Parker(From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 155
Wine Advocate(From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 155 on Oct-04
Wine & Spirits(From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Wine Spectator(From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Wine & Spirits(From 2001 Vintage) Penfoldsrsquo; Red Wine Trail takes Grange-level shiraz (50 percent from Kalimna) and ages it in French rather than American oak. Its flavors carry a Barossa signature without going too ripe. In fact, this 2001 tastes like black currants and fresh cherries preserved at the exact moment of peak ripeness. The other way itrsquo;s marked as a Barossa shiraz is the floral character, here equally fresh, cool as dew on violets. The French oak may have helped lock in the vibrant magenta color, and it may emphasize the supple richness fo texture. But the main play is in the fruit, hight-toned, sunny, beautifully grown.