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82 Ratings
Penfolds RWT Shiraz Barossa Valley

Wine Details

Vineyard

Penfolds

Varietal

Shiraz

Style

Red

Wine Description

(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.

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    wonderful, keeping with rwt pedigree. sweet but shows bit of complexity and dimension. smooth and long finish.

    about 3 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 155
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 155 on Oct-04
  • Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • Wine & Spirits
    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.