2011 Tasting Notes

With above-average winter rainfalls and cool conditions that followed during the spring period, South Australian regions generally experienced a later budburst and disease pressures impacted to varying degrees across the state. Meticulous vineyard management was critical. 

Spring soil moisture levels resulted in healthy shoot growth and early canopy development. Healthy vegetative growth continued during the cooler spring months and delayed veraison and berry development in the New Year. A few  warm days at the end of January guaranteed the completion of veraison and commencement of the ripening season. 

Multiple rain events, often isolated, meant that attention to detail was required with selective harvesting of pristine fruit.


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Penfolds' alternative expression of shiraz, regionally appellated and matured in French oak

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 2011
  • Duck, red curry 'ice cream', split rice porridge, lychee, tamarind and pineapple
  • Rabbit, pork and duck terrine
  • Cassoulet
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  • Show Name & Year
  • Award & Class
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 43
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2005
    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 46
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2007
    Perth Royal Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 25
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2005
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2008
    GOLD
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 51
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    The Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2006
    GOLD - Class 25
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 49
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Sydney Royal Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 23
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2002
    The National Wine Show 2005
    GOLD - Class 38
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Barossa Wine Show 2005
    TROPHY - Class 9
    Trophy Details
    Tanunda Cellars Trophy for the Best Young Dry Red Shiraz
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Barossa Wine Show 2005
    TROPHY - Class 9
    Trophy Details
    Tanunda Cellars Trophy for the Best Young Dry Red, Shiraz
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Barossa Wine Show 2007
    TROPHY - Class 10
    Trophy Details
    The Lynas Valley Ford Trophy for the Best Varietal Shiraz, 2004 & older, Class 10
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Barossa Wine Show 2005
    TROPHY - Class 9
    Trophy Details
    The Rod Schubert Trophy for the Most Outstanding Barossa Red Wine, Premium Classes
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Barossa Wine Show 2005
    TOP GOLD - Class 9
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    National Wine Show of Australia 2007
    GOLD - Class 27
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Perth Royal Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 35
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Barossa Wine Show 2007
    TOP GOLD - Class 10
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection RWT 2004
    Bendigo Bank Royal Queensland Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 31