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2004 Penfolds RWT (Red Wine Trials) Shiraz

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector

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RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive nose of smoke, leather, grilled bacon, game, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied, it is dense, ripe, and layered as well as opulent.

95James Halliday

While the toasty, charry oak is evident; the wine comes together on the medium- to full-bodied palate which has outstanding line and length...

93Vinous / IWC

...Lush and creamy but lively too, with energetic blackberry and mulberry flavors, exotic Asian spice accents and fine-grained, harmonious tannins. Suave mocha and candied licorice appear on the long, juicy finish...

92Wine Spectator

Broad and generous. A lively mouthful of black tea-accented cherry and herb notes, lingering against crisp tannins on the finish.

18Jancis Robinson

Sweet, small dark fruit berries with an attractive sappy freshness and even very slightly floral. Dark and dry and tasty. Some prune flavours but not overripe. Fine, dry firm tannins.

REGION

Australia, South Australia, Barossa Valley

South Australia is the nation’s most important wine region. South Australia is to Australia what California is to the U.S. About half of Australia’s wine comes from South Australia and many of the country’s most acclaimed producers are there. Wineries based in South Australia include Penfolds Grange, Torbreck, Amon Ra, Henschke and Jacob’s Creek. The prestigious Barossa Valley is located in South Australia, and is often compared to Napa Valley because it is gorgeous topography covered in grape vines. First farmed by 19th century German-speakers who immigrated from what is now Poland, the Barossa Valley is the crown jewel of the region. South Australia has widely varying climates, from very hot, dry areas to cooler, high altitude areas. There are more than 150,000 acres of vineyards in South Australia, with more being planted each month. Shiraz is king, though the region also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Chardonnay and Semillon.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.