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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.
2020 - 2040.
99 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
98 Points - Ken Gargett, The World of Fine Wine Magazine
98 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
19+/20 Points - Matthew Jukes
98 Points - Huon Hooke
97 Points - Tony Love
18/20 Points - Jancis Robinson
96 Points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
96 Points - David Sly, Decanter Magazine
“Everything it should be…and a little bit more! Reminiscent of the alluring 2002 RWT at release.”
"Plush and glossy – all class and charm. 2018 ripening and vintage conditions ideally suited the RWT style of Barossa shiraz. Convincingly."
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.