Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2006
from Barossa Valley, Australia
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
Color: Deep, dark magenta.
Nose: Dark spices and saturated fresh regional Shiraz fruits - tell-tale wafts of blueberry, blackberry,
liquorice and black olive. Secondary notes of
rosemary, peppercorn, thyme, juices of beef -
verging on that of a terrine / corned beef. Subtle
cedary French oak in the background is in
equilibrium with other incense-like and beguiling
Palate: Lush & expansive, yet with a defined, sleek
demeanor. Plush velvety tannins - rounded /
polished / dense. Tarry / liquorice blackness -
espresso, coffee ground, dark chocolate with high
notes of sarsaparilla, aniseed & green olive.
"Great colour; oozes blackberry and licorice from the bouquet, and then improbably gains greater impact on the dense, plush palate; just when you think that is it, the freakishly vibrant and juicy finish and aftertaste take over."
Australian Wine Companion
"The 2006 RWT Shiraz was aged for 14 months in 70% new French oak hogsheads. The winery describes its style as opulent and fleshy compared to Grange-s muscular and assertive personality. Opaque purple in color, it offers aromas of Asian spices, beef juice, toast, blueberry, and licorice. Rich, fleshy, and round, it has plenty of underlying tannin, impeccable balance, and a long, pure finish. It will deliver prime drinking from 2014 to 2030."
The Wine Advocate
"Smooth and refined, with a wet earth note adding interest to the ripe blueberry, plum and licorice flavors, which linger against a burr of tannins on the long finish. Best from 2011 through 2016. 450 cases imported. "
"Deep ruby with a bright rim. Rich cherry compote, blueberry and fruitcake aromas are complicated by sexy Asian spices and flowers. Plush black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors are given a refreshingly bitter edge by notes of rhubarb and cracked pepper, picking up silky tannins on the back end. Seductively sweet but focused, with strong finishing minerality and lingering cherry/berry character."
International Wine Cellar
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