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Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz

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We don’t know how Penfolds does it? Make wines of this quality for the price. But let’s not worry too much, instead we should embrace such bargains and put some in the cellar and drink the rest now. This red is a juicy mix of Barossa and McLaren Vale fruit just perfect for a medium rare steak on the BBQ hotplate. It’s packed full of blackberry and dark chocolate fruit, with lots of round tannins and a generous palate weight. It finishes rich and spicy with great length.

Winemaker's Notes

The Thomas Hyland Shiraz, a buoyant, fresh style contains plenty of juicy blackberry fruit aromas and flavours, chocolaty, ripe tannins and some savoury oak nuances.

Sourced predominantly from the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Upper Adelaide regions, the wine shows distinctive spice notes and typically rich and well-defined fruit characters. There is no doubt this is a contemporary wine of which Thomas Hyland would be immensely proud.

It is the consistency of this style and the stamp of individuality that makes the easy-drinking Thomas Hyland Shiraz a favourite among wine experts, collectors and sommeliers.

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Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Moving from south east Australian fruit to the Adelaide zone making it the junior brother to Kalimna offering an upfront style with a plump middle palate it deserves its position above Koonunga as it has more intensity and structure and less fruit juice character.
2014
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep, vivid crimson-purple; as one would expect and hope, has the Penfolds red wine stamp all over it, from the blackberry, plum and plum cake fruit, to the positive integrated oak and soft tannins. A treat in store for those keeping it for a decade at least.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Moving from south east Australian fruit to the Adelaide zone making it the junior brother to Kalimna offering an upfront style with a plump middle palate it deserves its position above Koonunga as it has more intensity and structure and less fruit juice character.
Rob Geddes MW
88
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Moving from SEA to the Adelaide zone making it the junior brother to Kalimna, offering an upfront style with a plump middle palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Moving from SEA to the Adelaide zone making it the junior brother to Kalimna, offering an upfront style with a plump middle palate for very short-term ageing.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
87
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Moving from SEA to the Adelaide zone making it the junior brother to Kalimna, offering an upfront style with a plump middle palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; a balanced and harmonious profusion of red and black fruits which drive both bouquet and palate; oak and tannins are in the background; the best yet under this label.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
When this wine was introduced a few years ago, it effectively pushed Koonunga Hill lower in the Penfolds pecking order. It was one of the least intelligent moves in Penfolds' marketing history. 2005 RELEASE The wine is OK but no better than Koonunga Hill, and a long way from the quality of the Bin range. It tastes of mulberry and dilute cherries, spicy oak keeping it all neat and tidy. The length is reasonable, the palate savoury and succulent, DRINK 2008-2011
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
84
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Moving from SEA to the Adelaide zone making it the junior brother to Kalimna, offering an upfront style with a plump middle palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; a typical mix of black fruits and vanilla oak; soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Opulent black fruits so typical of the vintage; medium-bodied; excellent balance and mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; the smooth bouquet has a range of dark berry fruits, licorice and spice supported by well-balanced and integrated oak; the medium-bodied palate has the attractive fruit of the bouquet, but is unexpectedly immature, the tannins still with slightly sharp edges. Doubtless will settle down with a few more years in bottle. A new brand interposed between Koonunga Hill and the Bin range.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87

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