Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2001
Wine SpectatorRipe and open-textured, rife with cherry, currant and blueberry jam flavors, subtlety shaded with spicy, slightly smoky overtones that linger along with the fruit on a very persistent finish. A hint of melted wax that is intriguing as well. Best from 2005 through 2015. 8,000 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastThis year, the RWT is tightly wound, masculine and stately, but all in all, a pleasant walk in the dark. Smells like soil, meat and char/smoke and tastes likewise, with those flavors enveloping black plum fruit on the palate. Juicy but taut on the finish, like there's some blue-berries thrown in for good measure. Drink after 2008.
Wine AdvocateThe 2001 Shiraz RWT reveals an attractive dense ruby/purple-tinged color as well as an earthy, plum, cherry, and peppery-scented bouquet, medium to full body, and slightly intrusive acidity. The fruit and weight are such that the acidity is only a minor annoyance as opposed to dominating the wine's character and compressing its texture. While acceptable, it could have been a lot better. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.