Penfolds `RWT` Shiraz 1997 (1 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

The First Vintage

In the Penfolds tradition of trial and innovation our winemakers embarked on a project in 1995 titled 'RWT' - meaning 'Red Winemaking Trial' - to create a new Australian Shiraz integrating the rich, generous flavours of Barossa Valley Shiraz with the finesse of tightly-grained French oak.

Overview

The First Vintage

In the Penfolds tradition of trial and innovation our winemakers embarked on a project in 1995 titled 'RWT' - meaning 'Red Winemaking Trial' - to create a new Australian Shiraz integrating the rich, generous flavours of Barossa Valley Shiraz with the finesse of tightly-grained French oak.

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Medium red-purple; the very elegant bouquet has savoury/spicy overtones to the cherry/plum fruit, supported by subtle French oak. The palate is no less elegant, with savoury/chocolate/berry flavours supported by fine tannins and similarly classy oak.

Rating 94 - Drink by 2017, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (OCT/2000)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep crimson red.

Aroma

This is a unique aromatic expression of the Barossa Valley - perfumed fruit with violet like florals, dried mixed fruit and exotic spices. Berry fruit nuances rise above cedary French oak.

Palate

This has the hallmarks of a great Penfolds red wine - superb structure, excellent oak integration, great palate weight and rich fruit. The sweet, rich and generous dark berried Shiraz flavours make a strong, clear statement. Pronounced savoury, cold roasted meat flavours combine with stylish, integrated oak and velvety tannins to promote a long, persistent finish.

Wine Background

In the Penfolds tradition of trial and innovation our winemakers embarked on a project in 1995 titled ‘RWT’ – meaning ‘Red Winemaking Trial’ - to create a new Australian Shiraz integrating the rich, generous flavours of Barossa Valley Shiraz with the finesse of tightly-grained French oak. The result is a fine wine of great elegance and depth of flavour.

RWT is second only to Grange in the Penfolds Shiraz hierarchy, although the two wines are stylistically different. RWT expresses Shiraz more openly than Grange. This is partly a function of the grapes themselves and partly a result of maturation in French oak, rather than stronger, sweeter-flavoured American oak. RWT is opulent and voluptuous, and fleshy where Grange is muscular.

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