The 2000 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2003
Penfolds RWT Shiraz presents an admirable alternative to the multi-regional sourcing and American oak maturation that area 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.
Color: Redefines 'black'! Certainly on 1/25/11,
Nose: An animated aromatic conversation with the
darker elements of Barossa Valley Shiraz... "it
smells black"! A coal-like blackness, replete with
Thankfully, redeeming & alluring perfumed
high-notes ascend - blueberry and dark plum,
wafts of a ristretto coffee.
Palate: Dense & intense - with vibrance, unctuousness...
delivering all the now-expected RWT cachets. "A
blueberry pie in a 750ml glass package!" And yet
the darkness prevails... inky, boot polish, freshlypolished
new black leather.
Almost a glycerol/oily mid-palate - texturally
close to a custard/chocolate eclair! A suggestion
of oak and an avalanche of pronounced ripe &
silky tannins complete the offer.
A vinous 'Edge of Darkness'!