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Penfolds R.W.T. Shiraz 1996

Member Review by azygos:

Holding it's color well after 13 years, still deep red and youthful looking. I was concerned because some of these have turned up corked recently but this bottle seems in good condition. Nose is restrained for an Aussie Shiraz; pronounced violets and inkiness upon opening. Later, some typical fruit appears, a bit spicy and maybe a little heat. This in-your-face style Shiraz has definitely mellowed to a graceful wine. Nice acid and not overextracted. Well balanced and integrated. There is a distinct leather-licorice thing going on that I can't quite pin down but it really lends a nice finish I'm finishing the bottle now and it seems to get better with every sip. A tragedy! Just ekes in to the 'outstanding' rating; very enjoyable but mediocre QPR for $34.

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Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

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Snooth User: azygos
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4.00 5
05/09/2009

Holding it's color well after 13 years, still deep red and youthful looking. I was concerned because some of these have turned up corked recently but this bottle seems in good condition. Nose is restrained for an Aussie Shiraz; pronounced violets and inkiness upon opening. Later, some typical fruit appears, a bit spicy and maybe a little heat. This in-your-face style Shiraz has definitely mellowed to a graceful wine. Nice acid and not overextracted. Well balanced and integrated. There is a distinct leather-licorice thing going on that I can't quite pin down but it really lends a nice finish I'm finishing the bottle now and it seems to get better with every sip. A tragedy! Just ekes in to the 'outstanding' rating; very enjoyable but mediocre QPR for $34.


Snooth User: willmark
70974116
4.50 5
05/07/2008

this is an excellent Shiraz....wonderful bouquet on the nose and followed by smooth and balanced palette...one of the most wonderful wines i have had :)


Snooth User: doofdoof
3620430
5.00 5
11/28/2007

This Cabernet Shiraz blend has years in front of it. Personally, I keep finding that 1996 in South Australia is a far better cellaring proposition than 1998


Snooth User: Seacoast Terroir
289048275
3.00 5
11/01/2009

Three glasses


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A very interesting wine, balancing tangy red plum and blueberry flavors with rich chocolate, spice and toast overtones. Long and tasty, this feels like it can grow and grow. Drink now through 2006. 175 cases imported. -HS Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 1996 Penfolds Shiraz Magill Estate 750ml



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