RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz
2011

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DESCRIPTION

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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Origin Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Maturation 12–15 months in (50–70% new) French oak hogsheads (300 litres).
Fermentation Stainless steel tanks with wax-lined/wooden header boards. Fermentation completed in barrel. The odd components vinified at Magill Estate in some years, e.g. Kalimna Block 3C and Gallasch material.
Variety Shiraz.
First Vintage 1997.
93+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011
93+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011
96 points 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
93+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
93+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
93 points Wine Spectator Magazine(US) RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
93 points Wine Spectator Magazine(US) RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
97 points 2013 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009
97 points 2013 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009
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Behind RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz

Peter Gago
Penfolds Chief Winemaker

“A strong RWT release in vintage 2011! Barossa in every sense.”

“Demands decanting – ingested air will tease out evasive aromatics and expose structural subtleties.”

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

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.