The Barossa Valley endured the same drought conditions as most of the country with a very cool and dry winter followed by similar weather in spring. Above average temperatures with low rainfalls restricted yields, however dry weather after February allowed the vineyards to recover quickly. Shiraz produced a strong result with ripe
fruit, balanced tannins and clear varietal character.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
The powerful, complex, dark purple-hued 2003 Shiraz RWT, which comes from the Barossa and spends 15 months in 70% new and 30% used 300 liter French oak barrels, boasts blackberry, kirsch liqueur, mulberry, soy, and road tar aromas. Full-bodied, dense, and rich with beautifully integrated oak, it is more evolved and forward than the Magill or the Grange. It can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15+ years.
Rating: 96 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #167, Drink: 2006 - 2021
Great outcome for a lesser vintage; right from the outset, a fusion of black fruits and fine French oak each supporting the other; silky and caressing.
Rating: 95 points, Drink By: 2018, Date Tasted: 07 Apr 2006, James Halliday
Famously French-oaked but only 70% of this oak is new – the 1998 was the last Penfolds RWT Shiraz to be 100% new oak.
This is a high quality 2003 shiraz: crammed with blueberry and cedar and chockers with opulent plum, an olive-like aniseedy burst resonating on the finish. Lots of sweet, mid-palate fruit, though whether the fruit flavours themselves lack a touch of definition is a question times needs to answer.
Rated : 92 Points, Drink : 2011 - 2016, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Winery Tasting Notes
Winemaker comments by Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker
COLOUR Dark deep red.
NOSE Plush, lush, blackberry and loganberry conserve notes offer lifted sweet fruit aromas with the faintest suggestion of savoury oak. Stylistically very different from its release stablemate, 2001 Grange, with darker soy/tar notes and a trace of pepper.
PALATE A svelte, structurally tightly-bound package with good grip and definition. The sweet mid-palate is
wrapped in plum, chocolate and spice flavours, while pronounced grainy tannins and cedary integrated oak court a long lingering finish.
MATURATION This wine was matured for 15 months in 70% new and 30% one year old French oak hogsheads.
LAST TASTED 2005-12-12
PEAK DRINKING 2007 - 2018
FOOD MATCHES Beef, Duck & Game, Lamb