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Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon

Cracka Rating

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Rawson's Retreat has been a favourite in many Aussie households for years, and this one comes in at the more elegant, lightly-oaked end of the Penfolds spectrum. Scents of cassis, crushed leaves and subtle mint adorn the nose, whilst the palate is more medium-bodied and fruity, with mellow tannins, friendly acidity, and a smooth, slinky finish. Great value!

Winemaker's Notes

Penfolds Rawson's Retreat wines present classic single-varietal 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.

Appearance: Crimson core with some purples.

Nose: Leafy / varietal characters. Blackcurrant / cassis with subtle hints of woody spices.

Palate: Blue and black fruits. Medium body with even tannin structure.

Food: This wine is well-matched to roasted or braised meats, or rich game dishes.

Cellaring: Now to 2016

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
There's some red cherry, redcurrant jubes and sarsaparilla flavours in this soft, easy-drinking wine.
Quaff 2009 2008
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Rawson’s doesn’t really behave like a classic Penfolds premium wine, in that it is forward, juicy, drinkable and up to racing speed the moment it lands on the shelves. For this reason it shouldn’t be compared with its lofty Bin siblings, but rather with its like-priced peers on these pages. In this context, it’s a precisely built wine with accurate Cabernet flavours of fresh redcurrant fruit.
Taste Food and Wine Guide 2009
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
While this lacks the richness and concentration of the Koonunga Hill it has the same succulence, ripe juicy fruit and quaffability.
Quaff 2008 2007
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
The 'Rawson's Retreat' range is often performing above expectation these days showing that entry level wines can be well made and represent good value. This has attractive spicy fragrances, dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours, smooth, almost velvety, texture, a degree of complexity, and a gentle, lingering finish.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Good purple-red colour; light- to medium-bodied, with clean cassis/blackcurrant varietal fruit; light-framed structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Pleasing blackcurrant, cassis and blackberry fruit; minimal tannin and oak inputs; good value. Synthetic.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A very good quaffing red with some elegance and smoothness. Its relatively simple earthy aromas of slightly confectionary blackberries, raspberries and plums reveal minty and menthol-like undertones while its long and silky palate of earthy riverland fruit delivers plenty of fruit sweetness and balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Advanced and pruney cabernet with light, but vibrant aromas of blackcurrant and plums supported by lightly chocolate/vanilla oak. The palate is cooked and jammy, and very developed for its age.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

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