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2014 Penfolds Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "RWT Bin 798"

Winery: Penfolds

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "RWT Bin 798"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Shiraz

Region: Barossa Valley

State or country: Australia

Price: $150

Cases produced: 174

KWG Score: 94.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (95)

Review date: June 29, 2017

Wine Review: This Shiraz from Penfolds was my favorite wine at the “Up Close Australia” event that I attended in Boston. It is dark ruby colored and opens with a pleasant blueberry bouquet with a hint of black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and elegant for a Shiraz. The flavor profile is a delicious blueberry and gentle black cherry blend with wonderfully integrated minerality and oak. I also detected a hint of chocolate mixed in as well. The finish is dry and its moderate well managed tannins show excellent length. This Shiraz is certainly a top shelf offering. I would decant this beauty for an hour and serve it with a ribeye steak. Enjoy with someone special! - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Dark red with a purple core. Ascending florals, primarily violet (laced with pepper) harmoniously project alongside wafts of white chocolate/cocoa powder. Fruitfully aromatic – easily identifiable red-currant and satsuma plum, with fleshy harder-to-reveal cranberry/elderberry/mulberry. Scents of cedary French oak and pink peppercorn/spice artefact aligned with pan scrapings/balsamic. No overt barrel-ferment characters apparent on the palate. Perhaps swamped by depth of fruit (black cherry), mocha, chestnut, and aniseed. A spoil of charcuterie delights, primarily cold meats and cola notes that ever so slowly appear with aeration. textural leaning towards velour/satin – a veneered smoothness, allied by velvety tannins.

Organic status: not organic

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