Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2009
Colour: Glossy. Deep red with a magenta rim. Nose: Varietal berried fruits laden with a spray of exotic spices from afar. Scents of red apple skin (Fuji, Pink Lady) and cold cured meats propelled, yes, an unusual pairing. French oak makes a late appearance, a sesame/tahini guise, not that of cedar. Palate: Plush. Plummy, Persuasive. Convincingly Barossa by birthright and Penfolds by style: blueberry/plummy fruits avec juniper; custom-built, trademark rich mid-palate. Charcuterie, cold (Polish) meat artefact that may well be Shiraz fruit-derived; moreover, peat/coal dust undertones that have, without doubt, been acquired courtesy of the oak and time. Tannins and a buoyant and balanced acidity court a long and persistent finish.