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2018 RWT Bin 798 Shiraz

2018 RWT Bin 798 Shiraz

The Penfolds Collection

2018 RWT Bin 798 Shiraz

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. The alphanumeric Bin designation 798 was bestowed upon the wine from the 2016 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 plush texture. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa shiraz at the highest quality level. RWT wines area built for the long haul, with the precision, concentration and balance to age for many years.

Varietal
Syrah / Shiraz
Syrah / Shiraz
Vintage
2018
2018
Volume
750mL
750mL
Awards
99 points - Andrew Caillard MW
98 points - Joe Czerwinski (Robert Parker Wine Advocate)
98 points - Huon Hooke
98 points - Ken Gargett
98 points - Ray Jordan
2018 Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz
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2018 RWT Bin 798 Shiraz
Ground Shipping Included
$150.00
Price
$150.00
$900.00
Price
$900.00
This wine can ship to the following states: AK, CA, DC, FL, MA, MN, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OR, SC, TN, WV, and WI. View state guidelines on import and domestic wines.

RWT Bin 798 celebrates Barossa bloodlines and the graceful elegance of French oak. This is no longer a trial but a stand-alone Penfolds red that embodies regional provenance and now has its own track record.”

–Andrew Baldwin, Penfolds Red Winemaker

798
2018 Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz

The Penfolds Collection

2018 RWT Bin 798 Shiraz

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. The alphanumeric Bin designation 798 was bestowed upon the wine from the 2016 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 plush texture. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa shiraz at the highest quality level. RWT wines area built for the long haul, with the precision, concentration and balance to age for many years.

2018 RWT Bin 798 Shiraz
Ground Shipping Included
$150.00
Price
$150.00
$900.00
Price
$900.00
This wine can ship to the following states: AK, CA, DC, FL, MA, MN, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OR, SC, TN, WV, and WI. View state guidelines on import and domestic wines.
Varietal
Syrah / Shiraz
Syrah / Shiraz
Vintage
2018
2018
Volume
750mL
750mL
Awards
99 points - Andrew Caillard MW
98 points - Joe Czerwinski (Robert Parker Wine Advocate)
98 points - Huon Hooke
98 points - Ken Gargett
98 points - Ray Jordan

Awards & Accolades

Taste Description

Taste Description

2018 RWT Bin 798 Shiraz

Colour

Great depth of crimson. Lustre, brilliance.

Nose

Blueberry RWT markers thrust ahead of goji berry and loganberry fruits.

An aromatic swirl of choc/hazelnut/liquorice propels all that is RWT style and class.

Thereon, lifted scents of just glazed crème brûlée and wafts of icing sugar.

Barrel-ferment and ferric overtones gently bring all back down to ground level – Barossa iron/earths no less.

Palate

Viscous and lush. An immediate supple fleshiness, liveliness.

At release, during this primary fruit stage – berried ice-cream and black forest cake fruits unfold – redcurrant and blackberry.

Powdery tannins – silky and glossy – offer textbook velvet/cashmere texture. So smooth!

Dense, verging on unctuous, without any reliance or concession to alcohol or oak.

Wonderful length, depth, balance.

Vintage conditions

2018 Vintage

Rainfall in autumn was below average, a trend that continued into the early weeks of winter with only 25% of the long-term average achieved in June. Increased rainfall occurred in the second half of winter, with vines entering the growing season with moisture profiles well into the root zone, down to one metre. Conditions favoured canopy development in spring, initially dry before plentiful rainfall in November. Temperatures warmed substantially through spring boosting vine growth and rushing the vines through flowering. Summer was dry, with no recorded major rain events. This carried into January with a heat spike around veraison causing vines to stall, pushing the start of vintage out by a week or so. The warm, dry weather carried into autumn, setting up an Indian summer with favourable conditions for ripening grapes. A very strong vintage for Barossa Valley shiraz.

Grape variety
Shiraz
Shiraz
wine analysis
Alc/Vol: 14.5%, pH: 3.59
Alc/Vol: 14.5%, pH: 3.59
Maturation
16 months in French oak hogsheads (64% new and 36% 1-y.o.)
16 months in French oak hogsheads (64% new and 36% 1-y.o.)

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