Penfolds `RWT` Shiraz 2004 (6 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Penfold's alternative expression of Shiraz, regionally appellated and matured in French Oak.

The development of Penfolds Red Winemaking Trial (RWT) reflects extraordinary progress in viticulture and winemaking. The two disciplines are increasingly intertwined, as growers and winemakers work together in search of optimum balance, ripeness and flavour.

RWT draws fruit from 20 to 100 year-old vineyards arcing across the west and north-west of the Barossa Valley, mostly independently grown. The best vineyards produce fruit of voluptuous intensity, ripe tannins, and juicy flavours. The RWT Shiraz has a very seductive style with a plum/blueberry fruit profile and fine ripe tannins underpinned by savoury French oak.

Since its first vintage in 1997, collectors have recognised the sheer class of RWT. Already the wine has a strong secondary market following, illustrating its collectability and cellaring potential.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Penfold's alternative expression of Shiraz, regionally appellated and matured in French Oak.

The development of Penfolds Red Winemaking Trial (RWT) reflects extraordinary progress in viticulture and winemaking. The two disciplines are increasingly intertwined, as growers and winemakers work together in search of optimum balance, ripeness and flavour.

RWT draws fruit from 20 to 100 year-old vineyards arcing across the west and north-west of the Barossa Valley, mostly independently grown. The best vineyards produce fruit of voluptuous intensity, ripe tannins, and juicy flavours. The RWT Shiraz has a very seductive style with a plum/blueberry fruit profile and fine ripe tannins underpinned by savoury French oak.

Since its first vintage in 1997, collectors have recognised the sheer class of RWT. Already the wine has a strong secondary market following, illustrating its collectability and cellaring potential.

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

Expert Reviews

While the toasty, charry oak is evident; the wine comes together on the medium- to full-bodied palate which has outstanding line and length. Gold medal National Wine Show '06.

Rating 95 - Drink by 2029 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (NOV/2006)

Rating 96 - Drink to 2034+ Jeremy Olive

The 2004 Shiraz “RWT” was barrel-fermented and aged for 14 months in 69% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive nose of smoke, leather, grilled bacon, game, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied, it is dense, ripe, and layered as well as opulent. More forward than the Magill Estate, this hedonistic Shiraz can be enjoyed now but will continue to evolve for another 8-10 years.

Penfolds, arguably Australia’s most famous winery, continues to perform at a high level under the leadership of Head Winemaker, Peter Gago.

Rating 95 - Drink to 2017 - Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (OCT/2007)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Inky, deep and dense purple.

Aroma

Aromatics leap from the glass - sweet fruits, with blueberry to the fore. Spices and a suggestion of cedary oak court the regionally proclaimed Barossa Valley Shiraz varietal notes. Complex, and invitingly generous.

Palate

The palate is at once opulent, juicy and mouthwatering - a compote of assorted berries (red and blue), Satsuma plum and cherry. Dark pepper spices adorn the back palate, and the tannins are engulfed by the above-mentioned fruit rush. The fruit sits effortlessly in 69% new oak, adding another dimension to the structural and flavour layers.

This is as impressive an RWT as that from the 2002 vintage - each sip (glass?) is better than the one before.

Peak Drinking

2008 to 2028

Medals & Trophies

Trophy & Top Gold - Barossa Wine Show 2007

3 Trophies & Top Gold Barossa Wine Show 2005

Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2006

Gold Medal - National Wine Show of Australia 2007

Gold Medal - Perth Wine Show 2007, 2009

Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2006, 2008

Double Gold - Royal Melbourne Wine show 2007

Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2007

Gold Medal - The National Wine Show 2005

Gold Medal - The Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2006

Gold Medal - Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2006

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