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Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2011

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Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2011


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Colour: Deep mauve - impressive colour and brightness. Nose: Barossa fruits ascend - preserved satsuma plum, rhubarb, cranberry. Confusingly, yet intriguingly, a waft of tar-sulphide masks country of origin... Spain, France? Assorted 'exotics' remind of entry into a continental gourmet deli - cheese/mettwurst competing with blueberry yoghurt waffle-cone for attention? Another pertinent aromatic - cedar and restrained French oak. Palate: Solid, forceful. Full-bodied - belying vintage. Fine, pronounced and persistent tannins court blue and black-berried fruits, sensitively encapsulating a sweet mid-palate. French oak of mixed forest origin and age works its magic - sensitive to this vintage's flavours and structure, kindly endowed by Barossa vineyards and soils. A supple, woven/pleated fabric texture validates the inclusion of this blend's chosen vineyard components, and its relatively brief sojourn in oak pre-bottling.
Category Red Wine
Region Australia, South Australia, Barossa Valley
Brand Penfolds
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine SpectatorRipe and supple, with a sense of transparency to raspberry, red plum, clove and espresso flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Rich in flavor without being weighty. Best from 2016 through 2022. 564 cases imported.

Harvey Steiman, August 31, 2014
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Wine AdvocateGiven this rainy vintage, the medium-deep garnet colored 2011 RWT Shiraz is a lighter, more elegant style of RWT, which sadly didn't quite have the stuffing to age as I had hoped. Smudged on the nose with fading notes of earth, white pepper, blackberries and pencil lead plus a touch of cedar, it is a little lean and flat in the mouth plus clipped and chewy on the finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2015