Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Wine Background
Penfolds RWT Shiraz is an understudy to Grange, expressing Barossa Valley Shiraz in combination with French oak. The initials RWT stand for ‘Red Winemaking Trial’, the name given to the wine internally when developmental work began on it in 1995.
RWT Shiraz was launched in May 2000 with the 1997 vintage. Its style is opulent and rich, contrasting with Grange, which is more muscular. RWT is made from fruit selected for its aromatic qualities and fine texture rather than sheer intensity or power of flavour. The result is a wine that helps to define Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level. Packaged in laser-etched bottles.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
1998 was the 2nd vintage produced of the RWT (standing for Red Winemaking Trial). It offers an evolved, earthy, tobacco and forest floor nose over notes of warm black berries and dried mint. Full bodied, there's a great combination of berry-laced and savory flavor in the mouth supported by firm fine-grained tannins and crisp acid, finishing long.
Rating 93 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, In Asia (JAN/2012)
Medium to full red-purple; the powerful, rich and complex bouquet offers ripe fruit and lots of oak. The deep, strongly structured palate has the abundant fruit the bouquet promised, but the overall impact of the oak and tannin extract needs time to settle down.
Rating 90 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (SEP/2001)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep crimson red.
Rich, saturated, Christmas pudding-like fruit and stylish French oak are immediately obvious, followed by more subtle aromas of dried glace fruits and underlying dark liquorice and prune.
A sleek, luscious Barossa Valley Shiraz in which a core of blueberry fruit and ripe tannins contribute to phenomenal length of flavour. There is also a refined, luxurious, praline-like flavour and texture. Still very youthful, with oak more integrated on the palate than the nose, indicating a great cellaring future. A modern Penfolds classic that is at once both sophisticated and hedonistic.