Penfolds RWT Bin 798 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017 (6 x 750ml). SA

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Overview

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.

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.

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.

They have the precision, concentration, persistency and balance to age for many years. The best vintages should last at least thirty years.

State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour:

Deep crimson/ferrous red.

Nose:

Vibrant. Red earth / ’Barossa dirt’ regional cues not hindered by a 15-month sojourn in French oak.

Initially, a lift of trademark tar/bitumen and subtle V.A. ... above scents of assorted carpaccio meats, steak tartare, green olive, capers, rosemary.

Upon sitting/swirling, patisserie scents of almond croissant, cinnamon bun ... and perhaps crème brûlée glaze (oak-derived?).

To repeat, very Barossa!

Palate:

A firm and binding structure, medium-bodied. Focussed/defined, yet still generous.

Mouth-watering acidity clutching opulent fruits renders an impressive pathway cleaved across front/middle/back palate ... a pathway all ably assisted by chalky tannins and absorbed integrated oak.

Currently youthful and energetic, yet this vintage already impatiently awaits its secondary and tertiary maturation phases.Tension.

In the interim, partake.

Cellaring: Continue cellaring. Peak drinking window Now - 2037.

Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Maturation: 15 months in French oak hogsheads (70% new and 30% 1-y.o.)

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.58

Variety: Shiraz.

Medals & Trophies

98 Points - James Halliday

96 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

96 Points - Angus Hughson

96 Points - Tony Love

Vintage
2017
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14.5%

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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