Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 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.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Medium to full red-purple; abundant ripe, sweet, dark berry fruit is married with French oak on the bouquet; the palate has excellent mouthfeel and structure with fine-grained but persistent tannins adding to the length of the wine. A particularly good outcome for the vintage.
Rating 94 Drink by 2020 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JUN/2002)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep purple with a dense, black centre.
Unmistakable Barossa Shiraz hallmarks of liquorice, anise, tar and ripe dark summer berries are set against cedary French oak. Impressive power of sweet fruits and spices.
The palate is built around a core of plush ripe fruits and a background of well-integrated classy French oak. Menthol and dark chocolate notes rise as the wine sits in the glass, with tight, grainy tannins and excellent length. The fabulous mouth-feel, texture and flavour are all testimony to this wine’s quality and its status as a classic of its variety and region.
2006 - 2018
Uncharacteristic cool weather and spring rains retarded vine development throughout the valley. This was exacerbated by high temperatures in January followed by rains in February and early March. The season finished warm and dry however, enabling a trouble-free final ripening, with 1999 fruit characteristically lighter than 1996 or 1998, but also brighter and more varietally distinct.
Penfolds RWT Shiraz presents an excellent balance to the multi-regional sourcing and American oak maturation that are hallmarks to Grange, expressing instead single region, Barossa Valley Shiraz matured in French barriques. 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.