RWT Shiraz was launched in May 2000 with the 1997 vintage. Its style is opulent and fleshy, contrasting with Grange, which is more muscular and assertive. RWT is made from fruit primarily selected for its aromatic qualities and fine texture rather than sheer intensity or power of flavour. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level.
"In the style of the 2002 vintage - perhaps a touch more sumptuous. Proudly Barossa, a pedigreed 2006 offer that needs plenty of air to open up." Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Great colour; oozes blackberry and licorice from the bouquet, and then improbably gains greater impact on the dense, plush palate; just when you think that is it, the freakishly vibrant and juicy finish and aftertaste take over.
Rating 96 - Drink by 2036 James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2009)
The 2006 RWT Shiraz was aged for 14 months in 70% new French oak hogsheads. The winery describes its style as opulent and fleshy compared to Grange's muscular and assertive personality. Opaque purple in color, it offers aromas of Asian spices, beef juice, toast, blueberry, and licorice. Rich, fleshy, and round, it has plenty of underlying tannin, impeccable balance, and a long, pure finish. It will deliver prime drinking from 2014 to 2030.
Rating 95 - Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (DEC/2009)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep, dark magenta.
Dark spices and saturated fresh regional Shiraz fruits - tell-tale wafts of blueberry, blackberry, liquorice and black olive. Secondary notes of rosemary, peppercorn, thyme, juices of beef - verging on that of a terrine / corned beef. Subtle cedary French oak in the background is in equilibrium with other incense-like and beguiling
Lush and expansive, yet with a defined, sleek demeanour. Plush velvety tannins - rounded / polished / dense. Tarry / liquorice blackness - espresso, coffee ground, dark chocolate with high notes of sarsaparilla, aniseed & green olive.
Rewards of Patience, Sixth Edition - 2012 to 2030.
The 2006 vintage in the Barossa saw a good spring budburst and fruit set, followed by favourable growing conditions that allowed steady, continuous ripening. Warm, dry conditions prevailed during the harvest period.
The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness having excellent fresh varietal flavour, tannin structure and colour.