96 Point James Suckling - "All French oak (51% new, the balance 1yo) and plenty of perfume on offer here, raspberry, blackberry and red plum, really fragrant fruit that is accented by additional oak fragrance. The palate has tangy cut, slightly jumpy, quite taut - the vintage has this captive for now. Time will see it unwind and there's a bright wine that has plenty of Barossa power built in - give this time."
94 Point Wine Spectator - "Ripe and supple, with a sense of transparency to raspberry, red plum, clove and espresso flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Rich in flavor without being weighty."
Aromatically decries Barossa, & Shiraz - but not separately. Firm, lively & vibrant. Cola & a flavor sensation not dissimilar to a generous slice of Black forest cake, replete with fruits. Tight, finely-grained harmonious oak & lacy, mouth-coating tannins induce a multi-dimensional palate.
The Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2011 is deep mauve - an impressive color and brightness. Barossa fruits ascend – preserved satsuma plum, rhubarb, cranberry. Another pertinent aromatic are cedar and restrained French oak. The wine is solid, forceful and full-bodied. Fine, pronounced and persistent tannins court blue and black-berried fruits, sensitively encapsulating a sweet mid-palate. French oak of mixed forest origin and age works its magic – sensitive to this vintage's flavors and structure, kindly endowed by Barossa vineyards and soils. A supple, woven/pleated fabric texture validates the inclusion of this blend's chosen vineyard components, and its relatively brief sojourn in oak pre-bottling.