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Casa del Vino USD 119.00 750ml

Penfolds 128 Shiraz 2002

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A distinctly Barossa nose of dark chocolate, blueberry and a hint of liquorice.<br/>Mouthfilling and expansive on the palate, the wine is bigger and richer than<br/>the cues afforded by the nose, and undeniably assertive and defined. A<br/>generously flavoured RWT with dark berried fruits and spice courted by<br/>pronounced ripe tannins, culminating in an impressive lingering finish.<br/>Layered, long and luscious with excellent ageing potential. Drink<br/>2006-2020.<br/><br/><br/>

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Varietal: Syrah
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Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

Member Reviews for Penfolds 128 Shiraz

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Snooth User: Rehoboam39
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4.50 5
02/05/2008

Great Shiraz! It would have to be my favorite!


Snooth User: tp123
19626122
4.50 5
06/11/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Penfolds 128 Shiraz

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Penfolds introduced the RWT mdash; a single-appellation Barossa Valley Shiraz matured in French oak mdash; with the 1997 vintage. This red complements the multiregion Grange bottling, which is matured in American oak. Peter Gago, Penfolds chief winemaker, sourced more than 40 percent of the grapes from Penfolds Kalimna Vineyard. The initials stand for ldquo;Red Winemaking Trial,rdquo; the name given internally to the project, which began in 1995.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/29/2009

Muted aromas, but it's generous and jazzy in the mouth. Lively, with blackberry, cherry and white pepper flavors remaining zingy through the long, harmonious finish. Hints at white chocolate as the flavors linger. Tannins are firm, but fine. Drink no... Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2002 Penfolds Shiraz Rwt 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This year, the RWT is tightly wound, masculine and stately, but all in all, a walk in the dark. Smells like soil, meat and char/smoke and tastes likewise, with those flavors enveloping black plum fruit on the palate. Juicy but taut on the finish, like therersquo;s some blueberries thrown in for good measure. Drink after 2008.


External Review
09/27/2011

Penfolds' 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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Muted aromas, but itrsquo;s generous and jazzy in the mouth, lively with blackberry, cherry and white pepper flavors, remaining zingy through the long, harmonious finish. Hints at white chocolate as the flavors linger. Tannins are firm, but fine. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Former winemaker John Duval began developing the RWT (ldquo;Red Winemaking Trialrdquo;) in 1995, producing the first vintage in 1997, by taking 100 percent Barossa Valley Shiraz and aging it in French oak, in contrast to Penfoldsrsquo; legendary Grange, a blend of grapes from multiple regions, aged in American oak. The result has become a new classic that can sometimes outshine its older brother.


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A distinctly Barossa nose of dark chocolate, blueberry and a hint of liquorice.<br/>Mouthfilling and expansive on the palate, the wine is bigger and richer than<br/>the cues afforded by the nose, and undeniably assertive and defined. A<br/>generously flavoured RWT with dark berried fruits and spice courted by<br/>pronounced ripe tannins, culminating in an impressive lingering finish.<br/>Layered, long and luscious with excellent ageing potential. Drink<br/>2006-2020.<br/><br/><br/>

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