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Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2008

The Penfolds Collection

RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2008

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.

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. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level.

When To Drink

Continue cellaring. Peak drinking window 2013 - 2032.

Taste Description

Colour
Redefines 'black'!

Nose
An animated aromatic conversation with the darker elements of Barossa Valley Shiraz... "it smells black"! A coal-like blackness, replete with peat.
Brooding. Concentrated.
Thankfully, redeeming & alluring perfumed high-notes ascend - blueberry and dark plum, wafts of a ristretto coffee.

Palate
Dense & intense - with vibrance, unctuousness... delivering all the now-expected RWT cachets. "A blueberry pie in a 750ml glass package!" And yet the darkness prevails... inky, boot polish, freshly polished new black leather.
Almost a glycerol/oily mid-palate - texturally close to a custard/chocolate eclair! A suggestion of oak and an avalanche of pronounced ripe & silky tannins complete the offer.
A vinous 'Edge of Darkness'!

Technical Information

Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Maturation: Matured for 14 months in new (83%) and one year old French oak hogsheads.

Variety: Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions
After a dry winter, above average rainfall in October and especially November reduced the risk of frost in cooler regions and restored soil moisture levels. The warm season across November continued with above average monthly temperatures right through until January. December through March was incredibly dry, and a light dose of rain in January helped refresh the vines. In 2008, earlier picked, physiologically ripe red varieties out of the Barossa are widely acknowledged to be of excellent quality.
History

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.

They have the precision, concentration, persistency and balance to age for many years.  The best vintages should last at least thirty years. 

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