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Penfolds Rwt Barossa Valley South Australia 2001

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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

External Reviews for Penfolds Rwt Barossa Valley South Australia

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Rich in character and aristocratic in structure, a noble red that wears its subtle cherry, blackberry, chocolate, pepper and sweet spice flavors on a polished frame like a bespoke suit, letting them all play out elegantly on the well-buffed finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Bright, spicy and vibrant, jazzy with blackberry, cherry and spice flavors, with hints of coffee and anise lingering on the extended finish. The rich flavors are balanced with snappy acidity. Has the intensity to age. Best from 2002 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Ripe and open-textured, rife with cherry, currant and blueberry jam flavors, subtly shaded with spicy, slightly smoky overtones that linger along with the fruit on a very persistent finish. A hint of melted wax is intriguing as well. Best from 2005 through 2015.


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

Ripe and open-textured, rife with cherry, currant and blueberry jam flavors, subtlety shaded with spicy, slightly smoky overtones that linger along with the fruit on a very persistent finish. A hint of melted wax that is intriguing as well. Best from... Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2001 Penfolds Shiraz Rwt 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
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
02/24/2010

Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2001: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (14 Monate), lagerfähig 10 - 15 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2001Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Barossa ValleyWeingut: PenfoldsRebsorte: 100% ShirazRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 6,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Former winemaker John Duval began developing the RWT ("Red Winemaking Trial") in 1995, producing the first vintage in 1997, by taking 100 percent Barossa Valley Shiraz and aging it in French oak, in contrast to Penfolds' 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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