Penfolds `RWT` Shiraz 2013 (6 x 750mL), Barossa Valley, SA.

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Penfolds RWT Shiraz presents an admirable alternative to the multi-regional 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. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level.

Winter rainfall in the Barossa Valley occurred as infrequent, light showers which resulted in low soil moisture and vines were in water deficit at the beginning of spring. Early budburst was noticeable and windy conditions during flowering were, in part, responsible for variable fruit set and lower than average yields come vintage. Frost risks had to be managed by our viticulture team and growers. Warm days were dispersed

throughout October, November and in early January, contributing to an early start to the 2013 harvest and a relatively short, condensed vintage. Any January heat spikes were short lived and immediately followed by a mild reprieve. Dry and warm conditions, coupled with lower than average yields resulted in Shiraz showing strong, structural tannins, wines of great intensity and intense flavour.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Deep red colour with a good strong purple tint. The bouquet opens with lots of walnut, oak-derived aromas; dry spices too, and a hint of dried bayleaf. The palate is full-bodied and firm, really firm, the tannins driving the wine long through the palate. It's as tightly bunched as the proverbial iron fist in the velvet glove - but more fist than velvet at this stage. Excellent potential. Further cellaring essential.

Rating 95 - Huon Hooke - Sept 2015

Winery Tasting Notes


Bright deep red.


More than just its fruity initial aromatic demeanour of boysenberry and mulberry… arising peat and Middle Eastern (Moroccan) spices laced with malt, mustard seed. Nutty, cedary oak coalesces with a splash of freshly glazed fig and just-baked brandy snap.


Textbook RWT. Cranberry, blueberry (Danish muffin) fruits overlay a stylish, integrated (rose-wood) French oak framework. Pronounced tannins caught up in a magma flow of Barossa fruits and unctuous extract – more of a mouth-coating eruption/propulsion! Balanced. Persistent. Complete.


17 months in French oak hogsheads (57% new and 43% 1-y.o.)

Peak Drinking

2016 – 2036

SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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