2013 Penfolds Shiraz RWT, Barossa (750ml)

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Country: Australia
Region: Barossa
Grape Varietal: Shiraz
Review Score: 96JS, 96AWC, 95WA
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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This is quite closed on the nose, the oak (57% new French) has it locked down in cedary armour, below sits ripe blackberry and red plum fruit aromas, some aged proscuitto meaty notes, orange zest and praline. The palate has intensity, richness, depth and rich blackberry flavor all riding on velour-like tannins, attractive texture, a little thread of Aperol-like flavor, this is dense yet plush. Best from 2018.

96 points, James Suckling (Jan 2016)

17 months in French hogsheads (57% new). Excellent depth and hue to the colour; French oak is a point of difference, not simply for the sake of difference, but as part of the superstructure of a very complex wine. The tannins could trick you into believing it is cabernet, not shiraz, as does the crossover of blackberry and blackcurrant. Its chemical analysis does not point to above-average acidity, but here, too, there is an exclamation mark. This is a serious wine of the kind one might expect from the northern end of the Rhone Valley.

96 points, Halliday Wine Companion (Oct 2016)

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz RWT Barossa Valley has a youthfully mute blackberries and black cherries-scented nose with hints of cedar, toast, cracked pepper and Provence herbs. While the oak is still standing out slightly in the mouth, this is backed up by tons of rich, seductive, mouth-coating fruit and firm, rounded tannins, with just enough acid in the very long finish. This is a truly great RWT!

95 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Sep 2015)