“RWT” stands for “red wine trial” – a prosaic name for a spectacular wine developed in the 1990s and launched with the 1997 vintage. Sourced from the north-western end of the Barossa – and area favoured by Penfolds and source of much Grange material. This is as good as Barossa shiraz gets – a plush, soft, refined red with a perfect matching of fruit and French oak. It’s a wonderful contract to the muscular Grange. And, Gago says, it protects Grange. With the lovely, refined RWT in the cellar, its easier to resist misguided calls to alter the Grange style.
Grape varieties: shiraz
Region: north-western Barossa Valley
Maturation: 13 months in 71 per cent new, 29 per cent one-year-old French oak hogsheads.
Price: $158 - $175