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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2008
Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 110511)
collectible wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $139.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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, foreboding! Nose: An animated aromatic conversation with the darker elements of Barossa Valley Shiraz... "it smells black"! A coal-like blackness, replete with peat. Brooding. Concentrated. 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'!

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About Penfolds Wines:

Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.