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Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2004 1x 750mL), SA. Screwcap

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Condition: Cellared

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Lot Number: 0013-2487167

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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.

SA - Barossa
South 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


Inky, deep and dense purple.


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.


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

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.

View Penfolds website


Bidding History

Bidding Details Bid Time Bid Price Bid Qty Win Qty
T.L - Burswood WA05/08/2020 7.59.27 PM AESTAU $149 11
M.J - Mountain Creek QLD11/08/2020 8.01.11 PM AESTAU $144 10
R.B - Tugun QLD11/08/2020 7.34.23 PM AESTAU $124 10
J.A - West Pennant Hills NSW09/08/2020 8.20.46 PM AESTAU $114 10
s.l - baulkham hills NSW07/08/2020 9.44.49 PM AESTAU $94 10
s.d - Bellambi NSW05/08/2020 8.11.21 PM AESTAU $84 10
J.G - North Adelaide SA05/08/2020 5.34.08 PM AESTAU $64 10
C.K - Rocklea QLD05/08/2020 5.04.07 PM AESTAU $59 10
T.N - Campbellfield VIC05/08/2020 4.43.18 PM AESTAU $49 10
T.T - Artarmon NSW05/08/2020 11.23.26 AM AESTAU $19 10
A.G - Glenelg East SA04/08/2020 11.33.27 PM AESTAU $19 10
M.V - East Victoria Park WA04/08/2020 10.14.21 PM AESTAU $9 10
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