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Penfolds Penfolds Rwt Barossa Valley Barossa Valley Rouge 2005

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"Just brilliant on all accounts, the 2005 Penfolds Shiraz RWT is 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz that was aged for 14 months in 70% new and 30% one-year-old French oak hogsheads. It delivers a classic, savory array of creamy blackberry and crème de cassis styled fruits that are supported by underlying notions of graphite, vanilla, smoked duck, and roasted meats. Intense, pure, and delineated on the nose, it is every bit as good on the palate and possesses a full-bodied, rich texture, brilliant concentration, and a deep, layered feel that carries through the structured finish. This is certainly brilliant now, yet it will be even better in 3-5 years, and have a very long drink window. Count me impressed...96" Rhone Report 06/12 "Rich, ripe and focused, with a lovely purity to the blackberry, dark plum and sweet spice flavors, playing against bittersweet chocolatynotes on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2010 through 2020...93" WS 7/08

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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
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Member Reviews for Penfolds Penfolds Rwt Barossa Valley Barossa Valley Rouge

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Snooth User: MarioRobles
92120467
5.00 5
02/24/2009

Elegance, Elegance and more Elegance... an Australian Shiraz made with a French approach... maintaining balance of Fruit, French Oak, Sweet and Persistent Tannins... that last FOREVER! A must-have wine!


Snooth User: barnaby33
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0.00 5
03/31/2010

For an RWT marevelously restrained. The oak seems less in your face, the fruit character of shiraz more dark berry than strawberry. Its somewhat hot, but less so than the 03, the last year I tasted. In fact this tastes more like a McLaren vale wine than Barossa. They've tamed the all boobs no ass of Barossa, baby's got some back.


External Reviews for Penfolds Penfolds Rwt Barossa Valley Barossa Valley Rouge

External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

Erstklassige Struktur, ausgezeichnet integrierte Eiche, gute Schwere und volle Fruchtaromen. Grosszügige Aromatik von dunklen Beeren, würzig angehaucht von reifen Tanninen.


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Source: NapaCabs.com
04/13/2011

WS 93pts. - WA 92pts. - Tasting Notes - Pristine Barossa Valley Shiraz fruit aromas; fresh blueberry (pie) and blood plum. A barrel-fermented vapour net entraps scents of cinnamon and nutmeg, violet and bergamot. Flirting strawberry yoghurt (creamy) and freshlycut rhubarb aromatics unwittingly entice. A nose of elevated and finessed perfumed high notes - a la RWT!



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"Just brilliant on all accounts, the 2005 Penfolds Shiraz RWT is 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz that was aged for 14 months in 70% new and 30% one-year-old French oak hogsheads. It delivers a classic, savory array of creamy blackberry and crème de cassis styled fruits that are supported by underlying notions of graphite, vanilla, smoked duck, and roasted meats. Intense, pure, and delineated on the nose, it is every bit as good on the palate and possesses a full-bodied, rich texture, brilliant concentration, and a deep, layered feel that carries through the structured finish. This is certainly brilliant now, yet it will be even better in 3-5 years, and have a very long drink window. Count me impressed...96" Rhone Report 06/12 "Rich, ripe and focused, with a lovely purity to the blackberry, dark plum and sweet spice flavors, playing against bittersweet chocolatynotes on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2010 through 2020...93" WS 7/08

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