Bright crimson red in colour with Shiraz fruit dominating on the nose with pepper and spice, dark plum and ripe red fruit aromas. Cedary oak combines with smoked meat notes and hints of liquorice. The palate is dense and rich with juicy red berry fruit. Coffee mocha flavours that run through the mid palate add lusciousness and the wine finishes with finely textured tannins. The wine shows perfect balance between cedary oak and ripe fruit flavours.
Background: Penfolds Rawson's Retreat wines present classic single-varietals and varietal blends in an approachable, fresh-flavoured style. Drawing on Penfolds extensive vineyard resources, the wines offer a first-rate quality and value guarantee, presenting the drinker with an affordable taste of everyday Australian wine at its best. Launched in 1995, Rawson's Retreat is the introductory level for Penfolds wines. The name Rawson's Retreat is an informal reference to the stone cottage built in 1845 by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold at the famous Magill vineyard in Adelaide, where - with wife Mary and daughter Georgina - he had settled the year before and was to soon establish the Penfolds winery, which still operates today.