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 inMay 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.
2013 is a blockbuster vintage for RWT, a dry, warm season of lower yields and heightened concentration of black fruits and liquorice, confidently met by the prominent dark chocolate and vanilla custard mood of French oak and a towering wall of firm, fine tannins. Fruit, oak and tannins ascend in unison, maintaining balance and form, even in the wake of such monumental proportions. A showstopper RWT that makes no apologies and is guaranteed to turn heads. Matured for 17 months in 57% new French oak hogsheads. 15 October 2015 release. Rated: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer
Inky colour. Rich perfume, deep and dark, graphite, briar, berries, stewed plums, really attractive dense scents. It sucks you in from the start; such perfume. Sleek texture, really dense and inward coil, train tracks of molten, chewy tannins, incredible length – such length. It’s a superb wine this; so potent and so complex. Could be the best RWT yet. Rated: 96 Points; Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
Richly concentrated beautifully balanced wine with substantial dark berry, chocolaty, paneforte flavours, fine grained but generous rich tannins, lovely mid-palate volume and underlying mocha, roasted chestnut oak. Rated: 97 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
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. Rated: 95 Points; Huon Hooke
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