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Penfolds `RWT` Shiraz 2008 (2 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0037-2469166

Part of Sale: 5 Star Provenance Classic Aussie Wine-Ft. Penfolds Grange 95

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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

SA - Barossa
South 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, (FEB/2012)

Winery Tasting Notes


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


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.


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.

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

Winery Profile

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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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Bidding History

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G.l - Wangara WA12/02/2019 3.35.45 PM AEDTAU $314 11
D.M - Myaree WA12/02/2019 8.28.40 PM AEDTAU $314 10
A.C - MELBOURNE VIC10/02/2019 12.17.39 AM AEDTAU $309 10
B.P - Merewether NSW12/02/2019 10.08.46 AM AEDTAU $244 10
y.g - kangaroo point NSW11/02/2019 1.19.54 PM AEDTAU $234 10
M.F - Cromer NSW08/02/2019 3.59.56 PM AEDTAU $214 10
K.V - ADELAIDE SA06/02/2019 10.39.25 PM AEDTAU $209 10
C.C - Alfredton VIC06/02/2019 10.22.15 PM AEDTAU $204 10
A.N - Dulwich Hill NSW06/02/2019 5.20.30 PM AEDTAU $184 10
s.l - baulkham hills NSW06/02/2019 12.30.30 AM AEDTAU $179 10
S.B - Woodforde SA05/02/2019 10.22.19 PM AEDTAU $174 10
S.Z - Williamstown VIC05/02/2019 5.14.31 PM AEDTAU $169 10
T.D - Yagoona NSW05/02/2019 2.56.24 PM AEDTAU $164 10
n.p - MOUNT PRITCHARD NSW05/02/2019 10.08.17 AM AEDTAU $104 10
P.P - Nedlands WA04/02/2019 10.56.11 PM AEDTAU $34 10
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