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Penfolds "RWT Bin 798" Shiraz 2017 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - [WS 96, #9 Top 100 of 2019] [RP 95]
Penfolds "RWT Bin 798" Shiraz 2017 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - [WS 96, #9 Top 100 of 2019] [RP 95]


 
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Winery: Penfolds
Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750ml

Product Code: PENFOLDSRWTSHIRAZ17-W
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Notes from the Winemaker:
COLOR: 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.

About:
RWT Barossa Valley 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 lush texture. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa shiraz at the highest quality level.


WINE ANALYSIS:
Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.58
MATURATION15 months in French oak hogsheads (70% new and 30% 1-y.o.)

Ratings & Reviews


96 Points & #9 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:

"Think of RWT as an alter ego to Penfolds’ flagship Grange bottling; Grange is a multiregion blend of old-vine Shiraz from around South Australia and aged in American oak, while RWT is an expression of a single region and aged in French oak. Here the purity of Barossa Shiraz is complemented by a creamy, rich texture. Named “Red Winemaking Trial” during its development in the mid-1990s, this wine is no longer an experiment, but the name stuck and RWT has become a classic in its own right. The winemaking is overseen by Penfolds veteran Peter Gago.

Tasting Note: Offers a lush, juicy mix of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry flavors that appears seamless, integrating with notes of amaretto, clove and lavender. Plush, juicy and very generous on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2034." — MaryAnn Worobiec (Nov. 30, 2019)

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Red raspberries abound on the nose of the 2017 RWT Shiraz, which—as usual—is all Barossa fruit aged in French oak (70% new). It's full-bodied and velvety, with appealing notes of dried spices, beef and plenty of red fruit. There's a cedary veneer to this vintage, which looks as if it will need a couple of years to come together, then drink well for up to two decades." - Joe Czerwinski (8th Aug 2019)

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