Penfolds, RWT Shiraz (Bin 798) 2015

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Penfolds, RWT Shiraz (Bin 798) 2015

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia



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  • Case of 12


Grape Varietes: Shiraz 100% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Peter Gago Optimum Drinking: 2019-2040 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: Decanter Code: 103019 Alcohol: 14.5%
Estate Notes

Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2015 (Bin 798) is a big, opulent, fleshy Shiraz, with a luxuriously rich texture.

First released in 1997, Penfolds' RWT (Red Winemaking Trial, as it once was considered) 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 contrasts 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.


“Once again, this displays the hallmark RWT style of generosity, pleasure and sheer Shiraz fleshiness. Sourced entirely from the Barossa and aged for 16 months in French oak hogsheads (83% new), this is chock full of primary black fruit on the nose with a lovely floral scent of iris. The fruit on the palate has bright raspberry and blackberry jam as well as being richly laden with tar, vanilla, mocha, leather, fruitcake and tobacco. Lots of charm here with suave, supple tannins and vivid acidty giving cut, weave and bounce to the wine. Altogether very charming and extremely convincing. Will need time to come round.”  Decanter Magazine

Dark core with a crimson rim. On the nose there is a pronounced fig and dried fruit character together with the familiar cedar and toasty aromas associated with new French oak (83% new) and roasted coffee. On the palate it is immediately clear this is a structured wine. Tannins are rather foursquare but balanced with opulent fruit and a hint of liquorice. The finish is long and generous. David King