Penfolds `RWT` Shiraz 2012 (1x 750ml), Barossa. Screwcap

Description:

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.

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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.

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

98 Points.James Halliday - Wine Companion. 27 July 2015

Sourced from Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and the Adelaide Hills; the fermentation is completed in new American oak hogsheads, whereafter it is matured in those hogsheads for 14 months. There is amazing depth to the purple-crimson colour. Its full-bodied colours are nailed to the mast immediately the wine enters the mouth; it's strange how the cabernet of this wine marries with the American oak, providing the ultimate Christmas cake of aromas and flavours; one of its great strengths is the tannin structure that gives the wine its exceptional length (and mouthfeel along the way). Not made in '81, '95, '00, '03 and '11.

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Blackness at core, magenta on rim.

Aroma

Brooding upon opening and first-pour, yet soon to reveal a living/alive ‘masterstock’ aromatic continuum: The sweet - saturated fresh Christmas pudding mix, Irish quince paste with glacéed cherries, dark (85% cocoa) chocolate (Arabica beans).

The savoury - cured Iberian pork, ground pistachio nut, tamari paste, soy, liquorice root. The oak - a bruléed creaminess tussling with a carbon black-ness?

Palate

The richness/darkness/tannins explicitly implicate Northern Barossa, possibly Moppa sub-regional genetics.

Impressions of dark roasted meats, oxtail, slow-cooked beef cheek, sweet marrow…lend themselves texturally to explain the palate’s ‘thickness’/viscosity. Flavours of dark chocolate (avec nougat and nuts), soy, charcoal and fusel oils fill all palate gaps.

Peak Drinking

2017-2037

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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Other Information

  • 2012 vintage
  • 1 x 750mL unit
  • SA - Barossa, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 14.5% alc.
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