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Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Chardonnay

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Here we have a fruity, creamy style of chardy from Penfolds at the much more affordable end of town. Smells of ripe, fleshy peaches, honeydew melons, yellow citrus and vanilla waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is generously fruited, with peaches and cream flavours, a rounded mouthfeel from the subtle use of oak, and a smooth, satisfying finish. Great value, and would go down a treat with the Sunday roast chook.

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: Pale straw with light lemony hues.

Nose: Creamy lift with fresh melon and ripe stone fruit dominating. A hint of custard apple and subtle nuances of oak.

Palate: Clean fresh generous fruit leading into a rich creamy mid palate. Lovely mouth-watering acid giving the palate length, depth and structure.

Food: Seafood, White meats and fresh salads.

Cellaring: 2 years

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Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Has plenty of flavors, a trade-off with the purer fruit of Lindemans Bin 65, oak slightly more evident in Penfolds style
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Well-balanced stone fruit, melon and fig; squeaky acidity; fresh finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
85
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the moderately intense bouquet features good oak and fruit balance and integration; plenty there. There is quite full peach and melon fruit on the palate supported by a well-handled flick of oak. A supremely honest wine with plenty of overall flavour; a bargain at the price (which will often be discounted below the theoretical level).
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
84
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium green-yellow; the bouquet is clean, and more elegant than one would expect, reflecting the continuous refinement of these cheaper wines in the Penfolds portfolio. The palate is well balanced and structured, with sweet melon fruit and a light touch of oak flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
84

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