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Rwt Shiraz. Penfolds 2014

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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. GRAPE VARIETY: Shiraz VINEYARD REGION: Barossa Valley WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.71 MATURATION: 12–15 months in (50–70% new) French oak hogsheads (300 litres) FERMENTATION: Stainless steel tanks with wax-lined/wooden header boards. Fermentation completed in barrel. The odd components vinified at Magill Estate in some years, e.g. Kalimna Block 3C and Gallasch material. - Winery

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  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

Member Reviews for Rwt Shiraz. Penfolds

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Snooth User: derekchoi
111803342
0.50 5
Vintage: 2009 07/25/2012

One half glass


Snooth User: MarioRobles
92120468
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 02/24/2009

Elegance, Elegance and more Elegance... an Australian Shiraz made with a French approach... maintaining balance of Fruit, French Oak, Sweet and Persistent Tannins... that last FOREVER! A must-have wine!


Snooth User: barnaby33
10207514
0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 03/31/2010

For an RWT marevelously restrained. The oak seems less in your face, the fruit character of shiraz more dark berry than strawberry. Its somewhat hot, but less so than the 03, the last year I tasted. In fact this tastes more like a McLaren vale wine than Barossa. They've tamed the all boobs no ass of Barossa, baby's got some back.


Snooth User: barnaby33
10207514
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 03/31/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: mparsons
12167069
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/16/2009

Five glasses


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549198,230
3.50 5
Vintage: 2003 12/29/2008

Smells like a jar of blackberry jam with a subtel whiff of vanilla and violets. Not overdone, just warm and inviting. Full bodied and glides effortlessly across the palette with spice and cherry. Long slightly tart finish I can see this getting better with time.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549198,230
4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 11/20/2010

The 2003 RWT opened up with cherry fruits, dusty chocolate cocoa powder, rock dust, licorice and animal fur on the nose. The palate started tight but turned plush and velvety with time in the glass as flavors of red fruits, black pepper, dark chocolate and leather strap washed across the palate. The finish was long and refreshing.


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External Reviews for Rwt Shiraz. Penfolds

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Vintage: 2012 02/23/2018

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. GRAPE VARIETY: Shiraz VINEYARD REGION: Barossa Valley WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.71 MATURATION: 12–15 months in (50–70% new) French oak hogsheads (300 litres) FERMENTATION: Stainless steel tanks with wax-lined/wooden header boards. Fermentation completed in barrel. The odd components vinified at Magill Estate in some years, e.g. Kalimna Block 3C and Gallasch material. - Winery


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Vintage: 2012 02/18/2018

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. MATURATION: 12–15 months in (50–70% new) French oak hogsheads (300 litres). FERMENTATION: Stainless steel tanks with wax-lined/wooden header boards. Fermentation completed in barrel. The odd components vinified at Magill Estate in some years, e.g. Kalimna Block 3C and Gallasch material. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Blueberry raspberry minerals slate and hints of French oak. Full body fine tannins and a long finish. Silky and very pretty. This sexy slinky red will get even better in a few years


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Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Firm tannins surround a generous core of black cherry red plum tobacco and cr


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

Deep garnet-purple in color the 2010 RWT Shiraz is a little closed showing intense and youthful primary aromas of cassis kirsch cedar prunes and a touch of mulberries. Rich muscular packed with flavor it is full-bodied concentrated and finishes long with oak still poking out. Very youthful still it will drink from 2014 to 2026+. 93+ -Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Vintage: 2008 06/20/2014

Made entirely with Barossa Valley shiraz as always - and this year matured in 83 percent new French oak (the highest percentage of new oak in Penfolds RWT since the 1998). No doubting it: this is a wine of impact. Big blueberried fruit big blue-cedar oak. Spice and rich ripe robust plummy flavour. Stains the glass an inky purple. Warm brandied aftertaste but it has the power to shift the flavours right through. It was a hot vintage but they ve brought this baby home. Given its power it


External Review
Vintage: 2008 03/14/2014

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 ** SOLD OUT **


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