- An aromatic and lush textured Shiraz
- Wafts of white chocolate and cocoa powder
- Swamped by depth of fruit, mocha and aniseed
Penfolds Rwt Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014 x6
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA-BAROSSA VALLEY
2017 - 2035
Dark red with a purple core.
Ascending florals, primarily violet (laced with pepper) harmoniously project alongside wafts of white chocolatecocoa 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 peppercornspice artefact aligned with pan scrapings, balsamic - such a 'glaze' possibly derived from its Penfolds élevage.
No overt barrel-ferment characters apparent. Perhaps swamped by depth of fruit (black cherry), mocha, chestnut, aniseed and other derivatives. A spoil of charcuterie delights, primarily cold meats ('raw'carpaccio), shadow the more reticent panforte and cola notes that ever so slowly appear with aeration. A textural leaning towards veloursatin - a veneered smoothness, rather than a plush or penetrating mouthfeel, allied by velvety, rather than grainy tannins.
The second wettest winter recorded in 28 years ensured plenty of ground water reserves for the 2014 vintage. Continued spring rainfall was almost double the average for that period. Flowering occurred from the last week of November through to mid-December. Cold, wet and windy weather at flowering resulted in an uneven fruitset with small berries affecting bunch weights. Temperatures during January and February were hot and dry with eight days of temperatures exceeding 40C. Hot weather accelerated ripening of many grape varieties, with harvest starting mid-February. The last grapes were picked the first week in May making the 2014 harvest one of the longest on record.
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