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Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

There's nothing mind-blowing or game-changing about this value offering from Penfolds, it's just an honest to goodness juicy drink that won't break the bank. Ripe plums and toasty oak smells rise from the glass to tempt the senses, then the palate chimes in with soft, sweet, lush cherry and plum flavours, a soft line of tannins, and a smooth, juicy finish. Great with cheeseburgers.

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: Vibrant red.

Nose: Fresh, strawberry and red cherries with woody spice aromas.

Palate: Juicy dark cherry and cranberry fruits. Soft even tannins. Careful use of oak adds texture and supports the fruit.

Food: This delightful wine is best matched to pasta with tomato-based sauces or other Mediterranean dishes.

Cellaring: Now to 2016.

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Merlot

Expert Reviews

Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
This is a delight from the Penfolds team: juicy redcurrant and red cherry flavours, pleasing succulence, smooth texture, balanced easy drinking.
Quaff 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
Ken Gargett (2004 Vintage) says
Well, if you have to drink merlot you might as well drink a good one. And this unpretentious, fruity little medium-weight number is as good as any. I'm not sure what Rawson was retreating from but he could have done worse than retreating back home, lighting a fire and settling in for a little slurp of this.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2006 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2002 Vintage) says
The best of the current batch of reds under this entry-level Penfolds label, it is medium-bodied and juicy with succulent ripe, red cherry and plum flavours and a fleshy texture. A very attractive wine for the price. Drink young.
Quaff 2004 2003

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