Sunday, May 9, 2010

Dan Murphy’s Shiraz Expo, Sunday 2 May – Part One: Penfolds Icon/Luxury wines

RedtoBrown spent some time at the annual Dan Murphy’s Shiraz Expo a few weeks ago. This is the first of several brief tasting notes we will post from that day. Today’s wines are from Penfolds, including the iconic 2005 Grange.

2005 Grange – Powerful nose is largely dominated by oak (in a good way) and dark fruits. Flavours include a predictably delicious hit of dark berries, as well as some smokiness, meatiness and a whole lot more. Beautifully structured and surprisingly smooth (including relatively restrained tannin). Pedigree and superiority obvious when subsequently tasting other wine. Very nice to drink now, but will be superb with age. (RRP: $549, ABV: 14.5%)

2007 Penfolds RWT – Though 2007 was a tricky vintage for SA Shiraz, there have been some age-worthy examples produced. This wine fits the bill. Obvious oak, though of a nice quality and not overpowering. Juicy plush black fruits, floods palate with some nice spice and liquorice. A 6 pack of these will bruise the bank balance. (RRP: $175, ABV:14.5%)

2006 St Henri – The darling of many wine critics and wine bloggers, the expectation was high for the St Henri based on the very good 2006 vintage. When compared to some of the other South Australian Shiraz tasted, this stands out for its stylistic differences (love them or loathe them). Savoury, and with obvious dark berry flavours, some herbal flavours, drying tannins and a nice bitterness on the finish. Based on the vintage and the track record of the St Henri, you can safely assume this wine will age for decades. Buy up. (RRP: $90, ABV: 14%)

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