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Penfolds RWT 设拉子是一款取材自单一葡萄园并在法国橡木桶陈酿的酒品。相对 Penfolds 的旗 舰酒葛兰许（跨产区取材，美国橡木桶熟化）来说，该酒将呈现截然不同的体验。RWT 是英文 “Red Winemaking Trial” 的首字母组合，是对于这个始自 1995 年的酿造实验的纪念。2000 年 5 月，1997 年 份的 RWT 系列葡萄酒隆重登场，其品质早已超越“实验”阶段！与风格强劲气势磅礴的葛兰许不同，该酒 体现的是丰满馥郁的口感特征。RWT 系列葡萄酒选用果实的重点在于芳香和细密质地。这款佳酿从另一个 角度诠释了顶级巴罗莎谷设拉子的独特风味。
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Dark red with a purple core.
Ascending florals, primarily violet (laced with pepper) harmoniously project alongside wafts of white chocolate/cocoa powder.
Fruitfully aromatic – easily identifiable red-currant and satsuma plum, with fleshy harder-to-reveal cranberry/elderberry/mulberry.
Scents of cedary French oak and pink peppercorn/spice artefact aligned with pan scrapings/balsamic – such a ‘glaze’ possibly derived from its Penfolds élevage/racking regimen.
No overt barrel-ferment characters apparent. Perhaps swamped by depth of fruit (black cherry), mocha, chestnut, aniseed and other derivatives?
A spoil of charcuterie delights, primarily cold meats (‘raw’/carpaccio), shadow the more reticent panforte and cola notes that ever so slowly appear with aeration.
A textural leaning towards velour/satin – a veneered smoothness, rather than a plush or penetrating mouthfeel – allied by velvety, rather than grainy tannins.
Unmistakably Shiraz / Barossa / French oak, albeit in a 2014 RWT taste / flavour / structural package!
Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Maturation: 17 months in French oak hogsheads (70% new, 30% 1-y.o.).
Above long-term average winter rainfall occurred throughout the Barossa Valley region providing adequate soil moisture for the growing season. It was a warm, dry start to spring with below-average rainfall initiating budburst earlier than normal. Frost episodes were infrequent. The 2013 spring season was the windiest in 47 years in the Barossa, this coupled with cool nights, created variability with fruit-set reducing potential yield during the flowering period.
2014 brought high temperatures reducing yields further during veraison for the fourth year in a row. A short heatwave caused the vines to shut down and slow grape maturation. The remainder of the growing season was warm and dry. This ensured desired flavour development and acid retention resulting in impressive fruit quality.
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.