A distinctly Barossa nose of dark chocolate, blueberry and a hint of liquorice.
Mouthfilling and expansive on the palate, the wine is bigger and richer than
the cues afforded by the nose, and undeniably assertive and defined. A
generously flavoured RWT with dark berried fruits and spice courted by
pronounced ripe tannins, culminating in an impressive lingering finish.
Layered, long and luscious with excellent ageing potential. Drink
Wine & SpiritsPenfolds' 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 it'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.