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2008 Penfolds Shiraz RWT

  • Syrah
  • 750ML
  • JH96
  • WE93
  • WA93
  • ST93
  • WF93
  • CH

Reviews

JH96
James Halliday - James Halliday, August 2011
Glorious, deep crimson-purple, with an alluring bouquet of black fruits, spice and cedary oak contributed by 14 months' maturation in 83% new French hogsheads. The medium- to full-bodied palate has layer-upon-layer of... Glorious, deep crimson-purple, with an alluring bouquet of black fruits, spice and cedary oak contributed by 14 months' maturation in 83% new French hogsheads. The medium- to full-bodied palate has layer-upon-layer of velvety blackberry fruit allied with notes of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of licorice and spice, silky tannins and quality oak completing the package.
WE93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
Full-bodied and richly textured, with Penfolds' hallmark weight and structure on full display, the 2008 RWT shows a touch of the vintage's characteristic warmth, but only a touch. The cassis and blackberry fruit... Full-bodied and richly textured, with Penfolds' hallmark weight and structure on full display, the 2008 RWT shows a touch of the vintage's characteristic warmth, but only a touch. The cassis and blackberry fruit is plush, velvety and superripe, ending with hints of tobacco, mint and vanilla. It should drink well for at least a decade. --Joe Czerwinski
WA93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 RWT Shiraz presents quite a lot of cedar over notes of pure blackberry and black cherry fruit with hints of cinnamon stick, toast and underbrush. Medium bodied, concentrated and taut... Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 RWT Shiraz presents quite a lot of cedar over notes of pure blackberry and black cherry fruit with hints of cinnamon stick, toast and underbrush. Medium bodied, concentrated and taut in the mouth, it has firm, grainy tannins and crisp acidity, finishing long. A little disjointed at this stage, it needs time to marry and should drink best 2014 to 2023+. 93+ --Lisa Perotti-Brown
ST93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2011
Deep violet. Complex bouquet of red and dark berries is complemented by smoky minerals, potpourri, anise and black pepper. Rich but focused on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cassis flavors, a velvety... Deep violet. Complex bouquet of red and dark berries is complemented by smoky minerals, potpourri, anise and black pepper. Rich but focused on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cassis flavors, a velvety texture and strong mineral snap. This elegant,precise wine boasts impressive finishing sweetness. For such a rich wine, this is very graceful and surprisingly approachable, although it's built to age.
WF93
Wine Front - Wine Front, May 2011
Made entirely with Barossa Valley shiraz, as always - and this year matured in 83 percent new French oak (the highest percentage of new oak in Penfolds RWT since the 1998). No doubting it: this is a wine of impact. Big... Made entirely with Barossa Valley shiraz, as always - and this year matured in 83 percent new French oak (the highest percentage of new oak in Penfolds RWT since the 1998). No doubting it: this is a wine of impact. Big blueberried fruit, big blue-cedar oak. Spice and rich, ripe, robust plummy flavour. Stains the glass an inky purple. Warm, brandied aftertaste but it has the power to shift the flavours right through. It was a hot vintage but they've brought this baby home. Given its power, it is remarkably composed and bright. Grunty tannin makes the wine feel like it has `a big motor'. If you were being critical, you'd say that it lacks nuance or, perhaps, complexity - but time could well take care of that. Looking forward to giving this another try in the next few weeks. --Campbell Mattinson
CH
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, May 2011
Sourced from the Ebenezer, Kalmina and Moppa subregions in the northern Barossa Valley. Aged for 14 months in 83% new French hogsheads. Opaque in color with a magenta rim. This sample was particularly closed and... Sourced from the Ebenezer, Kalmina and Moppa subregions in the northern Barossa Valley. Aged for 14 months in 83% new French hogsheads. Opaque in color with a magenta rim. This sample was particularly closed and backwards, requiring quite a bit of air, which led to a small core of black fruit and later hints of chocolate and freshly turned earth. Medium-full bodied, the palate profile for this vintage is elegant and focused with a beautiful expression of fruit forming the foundation of a very long finish supported by fine tannins. There is potential for greater presence on the palate with some aging, though this is approachable now.

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