A threatened crimson rim encroached upon by a deep, dark core.
Freshly sliced panforte – date, fig, with dried and fresh blue fruits that become more apparent upon sitting. Immediately recognisable cedary French oak - synergised by the liberation of sweet Moroccan spices and a propulsion of dried roasted almond. Conceded – can’t ‘smell’ acidity, so maybe such a perception is created via scents of rhubarb and cranberry?
This year more ostensibly textural than other red wines in The Penfolds Collection. Yet still supersaturated with red and blue-berried fruits and liquorices (both red and black). Proudly extolling a formidable Barossa structure – layered/laminated, rather than thick/blocky … (aka filo-pastry or) ‘filo-lated’?! Tannins – fine/emery/sleek/polished – all there to convey, not to confront. Lingers, ever so pleasantly. Once again spoilt by the generosity on the palate of what the Barossa does best.
Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 RWT Shiraz leaps from the glass with expressive blackberries, black raspberries and wild blueberry notes plus underlying Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, forest floor and fertile loam notes with a waft of charcuterie. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, it coats the palate with vibrant black berry and spicy layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and finishing on a lingering earthy note. One for the long haul! - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 95
Tremendously deep and dark, with concentrated notes of wild blackberry, blueberry and huckleberry at the core, showing details of black licorice, gunpowder tea and black pepper that linger on the finish. Appealing for the density and focus. Long finish. Drink now through 2028. - Wine Spectator - 94
This will take a few years to start to show its potential. At the moment, it's shy. This shows cherry, blackberry, vanilla, cocoa powder, cedar and floral tones. It's tightly wound on the palate, with dusty tannins and balanced acidity. Drink 2020–2037. - Wine Enthusiast - 90