Penfolds `RWT` Shiraz 2008 (6 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Penfolds RWT Shiraz presents an admirable alternative to the multiregional sourcing and American oak maturation that are hallmarks of Grange, expressing instead, single-region Barossa Valley Shiraz matured only in French oak. The initials RWT stand for 'Red Winemaking Trial', the name given to the project internally when developmental work began in 1995. Naturally, now no longer a 'Trial' !

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.

"This release will complete the conversion of many Penfolds loyalists... their RWT is no longer on probation. Shiraz/Barossa/ French oak/Penfolds. Yes, it does work!" - P.Gago, April 2011

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Penfolds RWT Shiraz presents an admirable alternative to the multiregional sourcing and American oak maturation that are hallmarks of Grange, expressing instead, single-region Barossa Valley Shiraz matured only in French oak. The initials RWT stand for 'Red Winemaking Trial', the name given to the project internally when developmental work began in 1995. Naturally, now no longer a 'Trial' !

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.

"This release will complete the conversion of many Penfolds loyalists... their RWT is no longer on probation. Shiraz/Barossa/ French oak/Penfolds. Yes, it does work!" - P.Gago, April 2011

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

Expert Reviews

Glorious, deep crimson-purple, with an alluring bouquet of black fruits, spice and cedary oak contributed by 14 months' maturation in 83% new French hogsheads. The medium- to full-bodied palate has layer-upon-layer of velvety blackberry fruit allied with notes of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of licorice and spice, silky tannins and quality oak completing the package. Rating 96 - Drink by 2035 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2011)

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 RWT Shiraz presents quite a lot of cedar over notes of pure blackberry and black cherry fruit with hints of cinnamon stick, toast and underbrush. Medium bodied, concentrated and taut in the mouth, it has firm, grainy tannins and crisp acidity, finishing long. A little disjointed at this stage, it needs time to marry and should drink best 2014 to 2023+. Rating 93+ Drink 2014 -2023 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com (FEB/2012)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Redefines 'black'! Certainly on 25/1/11, foreboding!

Aroma

An animated aromatic conversation with the darker elements of Barossa Valley Shiraz... "it smells black"! A coal-like blackness, replete with peat. Brooding. Concentrated. Thankfully, redeeming & alluring perfumed

high-notes ascend - blueberry and dark plum, wafts of a ristretto coffee.

Palate

Dense & intense - with vibrance, unctuousness... delivering all the now-expected RWT cachets. "A blueberry pie in a 750ml glass package!" And yet the darkness prevails... inky, boot polish, freshlypolished new black leather. Almost a glycerol/oily mid-palate - texturally close to a custard/chocolate eclair! A suggestion of oak and an avalanche of pronounced ripe & silky tannins complete the offer.

A vinous 'Edge of Darkness'!

Peak Drinking

2013 - 2032.

Peace of Mind