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 rather than sheer intensity or power of flavour. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level.
PENFOLD’S RWT BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2005
Glistening purple colour. Fresh blueberry and blood plum aromas, the palate is balanced and full bodied with a silken, lush, and replete with generous, ripe even yet firm tannins. Flavours of wild-berry fruits – blueberry, boysenberry and loganberry, again verging towards raspberry yoghurt, redefine the ‘sweet-conserve’ descriptor … neither porty nor residual sugar sweet, but lush and (dry red) unctuous.
94/100 Point by James Halliday
Food Pairing: Beef & Venison
Silver Award of INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2008
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