RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz
2012

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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

“One of the more formidable RWT’s – reminiscent of the 1998 RWT at release.”


“A Formula One dynamic – sleek, powerful, not yet pretty.

"Demands cellaring.”

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

A vintage of slightly cooler temperatures with only one significant heat event over the New Year period. Prior to budburst, winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of the Barossa Valley. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging to a mild summer, with a few short periods of heat. The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings across most of the ripening period allowed for impressive flavour development, without inflated baumés. The 2012 vintage features fruit sourced from northern areas of the Barossa where the higher clay content in these soils retains and slowly releases moisture to the vines. This, combined with lower maximum temperatures than experienced in the western Barossa, allowed for a later harvest and a darker, richer fruit profile.