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Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2016

Barossa Valley shiraz. French oak. 72% of the oak is new. Bin 798. Red Wine Trial. Drinking it sure can be.

Every year we turn up to the Penfolds tasting and every year we eventually post rave reviews, and that’s the start and end of the story; of all the reviewers who do the raving, almost none of them buy or even think of the wines for the remainder of the year. In this context, having given it a lot of thought, I came to this year’s tasting with sharpened boots. And yet – the wines are so majestic. This release could win a gold medal on the high beam, such is its balance. Yes the oak is resiny, yes the fruit has an edge of confection, and yes it’s an explosion of warm, ripe, plum-drenched fruit. But the bloody thing just does it all so well. If full-bodied reds are your thing then Penfolds is just about the best finishing school known to wine.

Tasted : Oct18
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $200
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2021 - 2036+
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