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Penfolds Shiraz Rwt Ej 2003

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Parker review: "The powerful, complex, dark purple-hued 2003 Shiraz RWT, which comes from<br/>the Barossa and spends 15 months in 70% new and 30% used 300 liter French oak<br/>barrels, boasts blackberry, kirsch liqueur, mulberry, soy, and road tar aromas.<br/>Full-bodied, dense, and rich with beautifully integrated oak, it is more<br/>evolved and forward than the Magill or the Grange. It can be drunk now or<br/>cellared for 10-15+ years." 96/100 points. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate<br/>- Oct-2006)

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 Shiraz Rwt Ej

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549181,714
3.50 5
12/29/2008

Smells like a jar of blackberry jam with a subtel whiff of vanilla and violets. Not overdone, just warm and inviting. Full bodied and glides effortlessly across the palette with spice and cherry. Long slightly tart finish I can see this getting better with time.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549181,714
4.50 5
11/20/2010

The 2003 RWT opened up with cherry fruits, dusty chocolate cocoa powder, rock dust, licorice and animal fur on the nose. The palate started tight but turned plush and velvety with time in the glass as flavors of red fruits, black pepper, dark chocolate and leather strap washed across the palate. The finish was long and refreshing.


External Reviews for Penfolds Shiraz Rwt Ej

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Inky purple-black in color, this looks like a heavy weight, and lovers of big, rich wines likely wonandrsquo;t be disappointed. Itandrsquo;s full-bodied, verging on heavy, with chocolaty plum and prune flavors that nevertheless stay surprisingly fresh on the long finish. Itandrsquo;s approachable now, but how long it will last is a tough call.


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
05/19/2011

Big, rich and vibrant, a spectacular mouthful of cherry, currant and a subtle range of peppers and spices and creaminess, finishing with refined tannins and a silky texture that lets the fruit and spice sail on and on. Best from 2009 through 2018.


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

The outstanding 2002 Shiraz RWT is a 100% Shiraz, single region (Barossa) offering that typically spends 14 months in a combination of two-thirds new and one-third old French oak. Expansive and rich with a broad texture, and a complex nose of white chocolate, raspberries, black cherries, and licorice, this spicy, rich, medium-bodied, elegant 2002 should drink well for 10ndash;12 years.


External Review
04/28/2010

Big, rich and vibrant, a spectacular mouthful of cherry, currant and a subtle range of peppers and spices and creaminess, finishing with refined tannins and a silky texture that lets the fruit and spice sail on and on. Best from 2009 through 2018. 1,... Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2003 Penfolds Shiraz Rwt 750ml


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

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: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


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Parker review: "The powerful, complex, dark purple-hued 2003 Shiraz RWT, which comes from<br/>the Barossa and spends 15 months in 70% new and 30% used 300 liter French oak<br/>barrels, boasts blackberry, kirsch liqueur, mulberry, soy, and road tar aromas.<br/>Full-bodied, dense, and rich with beautifully integrated oak, it is more<br/>evolved and forward than the Magill or the Grange. It can be drunk now or<br/>cellared for 10-15+ years." 96/100 points. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate<br/>- Oct-2006)

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