Origin: South Eastern Australia - Rawson's Retreat Wines
Taste guide: Medium bodied, blackberry and dark plum fruit flavours, spicy pepper notes, coffee, and mocha tones, lightly oaked.
75cl - 13.5% - natural cork closure
Rawson's Retreat wines were affectionately named after the family cottage built by the founder Christopher Rawson Penfold in 1845, one year after he planted his first vines on his property in Magill. They are part of the Penfold group of winemakers.
Grapes for this wine were sourced from select vineyards in the Riverina area. The Shiraz and the Cabernet grapes were separately vinified at Penfold's winery then carefully blended by Penfold's master winemaker. A small proportion of the finished wine was aged in oak and then back-blended to produce a smooth, lightly oaked final wine.
Bright crimson red in colour with Shiraz fruit dominating on the nose with pepper and spice, entwining with juicy plums and ripe red fruit aromas. Cedary oak combines with smoked meat notes and hints of liquorice. The palate is dense and rich with juicy red berry fruit. Coffee mocha flavours that run through the mid palate add lusciousness and the wine finishes with richly textured tannins.
This is a superb example of the great Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet and ultimately a wine that is perfect for drinking now.
Best suited with beef, lamb, and poultry.
As with the Cabernet Sauvignon also listed, this wine is now discontinued by the winemakers.
The brand Rawson's Retreat is now given over to a range of non-alcohol wines which are stocked by all major supermarkets. Obviously being non-alcoholic they attract no duty and sell for considerably less than a proper wine, so price comparisons are invalid.
Personally, we do not get non-alcohol wines - without alcohol it simply is not wine!
However, when the proper range was available, they commanded prices of around £8.99 - at Binendwines just £6.50.