Penfolds Cabernet Rawsons Retreat South Eastern Australia Australia Reds Cabernet Franc-Tempranillo South Eastern Australia Australia Penfolds 2009

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Penfolds Rawson's Retreat wines present classic, single-varietal and varietal blends in an approachable, fresh-flavoured style for early enjoyment. Drawing on Penfolds extensive vineyard resources, the wines offer a first-rate quality and value guarantee, presenting the drinker with an affordable taste of an everyday Australian wine at its best. This 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep crimson with inviting floral notes and blackberry fruit aromas which come to the fore with a hint of spice from the subtle use of oak. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with typical tannins providing length and texture. The ripe and gentle tannis provide structure to support vibrant blackcurrant and blueberry fruit flavours. French oak maturation provides subtle, spicy aromatics.

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  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 Cabernet Rawsons Retreat South Eastern Australia Australia Reds Cabernet Franc-Tempranillo South Eastern Australia Australia Penfolds

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Snooth User: mikespeer
10741941,196
4.00 5
11/13/2012

violets, plums on the nose.....great balance with a long lasting finish


Snooth User: hammel3098
23381917
3.00 5
07/03/2011

3 glasses. That's what I had. Wine good enough to enjoy, not so fabulous to be in awe of. Tasted just right with steak, with other food...just not so great that I would enjoy it for its own qualities.


External Reviews for Penfolds Cabernet Rawsons Retreat South Eastern Australia Australia Reds Cabernet Franc-Tempranillo South Eastern Australia Australia Penfolds

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Medium red. Musky plum and currant aromas, plus a whiff of roasted black raspberry. Sweet, fat and simple, with decent berry and plum fruit. Finishes a bit tart, but with easy tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Lean and lively, with tangy black currant and cedar flavors, finishing crisp. Drink now through 2006.



Penfolds Rawson's Retreat wines present classic, single-varietal and varietal blends in an approachable, fresh-flavoured style for early enjoyment. Drawing on Penfolds extensive vineyard resources, the wines offer a first-rate quality and value guarantee, presenting the drinker with an affordable taste of an everyday Australian wine at its best. This 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep crimson with inviting floral notes and blackberry fruit aromas which come to the fore with a hint of spice from the subtle use of oak. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with typical tannins providing length and texture. The ripe and gentle tannis provide structure to support vibrant blackcurrant and blueberry fruit flavours. French oak maturation provides subtle, spicy aromatics.

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