Penfolds `RWT` Shiraz 2005 (3 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

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

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

The 2005 RWT Shiraz was aged in 70% new French oak hogsheads. The bouquet shows off aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, damp earth, pepper, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Velvety textured, supple, ripe and succulent, this elegant effort is impeccably balanced and built for pleasure. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

Penfolds produces a bevy of excellent value-priced wines, many of which were reviewed in Issue 178.

Rating 92 - Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (FEB/2009)

Good red-purple; fragrant aromas of black cherry, plum and blackberry; utterly delicious mouthfeel and seductive fruit; will live, but extreme patience not needed.

Rating 94 - Drink by 2020 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (SEP/2007)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Glistening purple

Aroma

Giveaway, pristine Barossa Valley Shiraz fruit aromas; fresh blueberry (pie) and blood plum. A barrel-fermented vapour net entraps scents of cinnamon and nutmeg, violet and bergamot.

Flirting strawberry yoghurt (creamy) and freshly cut rhubarb aromatics unwittingly entice. A nose of elevated and finessed perfumed high notes - a la RWT!

Palate

The palate is balanced and full-bodied with a silken, lush, 'tofu-like' texture, replete with generous, ripe, even yet firm tannins. Flavours of wild-berry fruits - blueberry, boysenberry and loganberry, again verging towards raspberry yoghurt, redefine the 'sweet-conserve' descriptor ... neither porty nor residual sugarsweet, but lush and (dry red) unctuous. This is another great Barossa vintage, highlighting the strength of any of the Barossa sourced 2005 reds.

Cellaring Potential

2009 to 2028

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007

Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2008

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