Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Glossy. Deep red with a magenta rim. 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. The palate is 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.
Braised guinea fowl, house cured pancetta, Dutch creams and native thyme (Magill Estate Restaurant).
"Deep, dense purple-crimson; the bouquet sets the scene with interwoven black fruits and cedary French oak; the palate is exceedingly complex, intense and layered; the flavours are spicy, black-fruited, with licorice and bitter chocolate, fine, lingering tannins provide the framework."
Australian Wine Companion
"RWT (unromantically derived from “Red Wine Trial”) is 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz, aged in 100% French oak. In some vintages, like this one, the combination is incredibly sumptuous, offering layers of blueberry and blackberry fruit intermingled elegantly with hints of French vanilla. It’s long, subtle and complex on the finish—a stunning effort. It’s approachable now, but should age well through 2030 or so. "
"Opaque violet color. Potent, spice-accented aromas of dark berry compote, cola, and potpourri, with a vanilla nuance gaining strength with air. Fleshy, palate-staining dark berry flavors show excellent depth and definition, with spicecake and candied violet notes adding complexity. Weighty, sweet and powerful on a finish that features floral and star anise elements."
International Wine Cellar
"Dark and dense, with firm tannins around a juicy core of black cherry and spice flavors. This lingers well on the finish."
"Grange-level fruit aged in new French oak, RWT is a big, bosomy Barossa shiraz in 2009, huge, warm and gamey. There's dark meatiness and cedary spice over the wine's blueberry and cherry richness. All baby fat for now, this may grow more structured and detailed with age."
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