Price:  £133.95 | Case Rate: £133.95
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Penfolds - RWT Bin 798 Shiraz 2016

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Maker: Peter Gago
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Shiraz/Syrah
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Continue cellaring. Peak drinking window Now - 2037.
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 97 (2016) JR: 18 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

All fruit for the RWT comes from the Barossa Valley and it is raised in 72% new oak. 100% Shiraz. Deep, rich and spicy with lots of sweet spices, coffee, blue and black fruit with warmly cushioned strawberries and notes of blood orange and white chocolate. Ripe, full tannins, quite dense at presence but surely built for the long haul.

Winery Information

Penfolds

Penfolds' first vineyard was founded in 1844 at Magill, South Australia, by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold. After travelling to Bordeaux and studying winemaking techniques there, he returned vowing to produce a wine to rival the greatest clarets, this was Grange. The first vintage of Grange, named after Dr Penfold's cottage in Magill, was 1951. All early vintages were made from Shiraz grapes grown at Magill and Morphett Vale, Adelaide, and the wine was matured in new American oak for 12 months... read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)97 pts

The 2016 RWT Shiraz is Penfolds's embodiment of Barossa Valley Shiraz. Aged in French oak (72% new), it offers hints of vanilla and cedar, but more than anything, it showcases the region's bold berry and plum fruit. Full-bodied and rich, verging on decadent, yet firmly structured and long on the finish, it's a powerful yet elegant wine that is capable of being consumed young or aging up to two decades. Having embarked on a career in the wine business right around the time the first RWT was released, it's a treat to see how the latest version is showing. It's a relative bargain among the Penfolds upper echelon.The 2016 RWT Shiraz is Penfolds's embodiment of Barossa Valley Shiraz. Aged in French oak (72% new), it offers hints of vanilla and cedar, but more than anything, it showcases the region's bold berry and plum fruit. Full-bodied and rich, verging on decadent, yet firmly structured and long on the finish, it's a powerful yet elegant wine that is capable of being consumed young or aging up to two decades. Having embarked on a career in the wine business right around the time the first RWT was released, it's a treat to see how the latest version is showing. It's a relative bargain among the Penfolds upper echelon.The 2016 RWT Shiraz is Penfolds's embodiment of Barossa Valley Shiraz. Aged in French oak (72% new), it offers hints of vanilla and cedar, but more than anything, it showcases the region's bold berry and plum fruit. Full-bodied and rich, verging on decadent, yet firmly structured and long on the finish, it's a powerful yet elegant wine that is capable of being consumed young or aging up to two decades. Having embarked on a career in the wine business right around the time the first RWT was released, it's a treat to see how the latest version is showing. It's a relative bargain among the Penfolds upper echelon.

JancisRobinson.com (2016)18 pts

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. Winter and spring rainfall were above average, creating an excellent start to the season. Relatively warm temperatures in August encouraged the vines out of dormancy early, with prevailing warmer than average conditions leading to early flowering. Spring was generally cooler and drier than average, with the low soil moisture slowing growth and leaving vines with nice open canopies. January temperatures were lower than usual, with the maximum temperatures being the coolest in 22 years. Without any extremes or stress, the vines continued to ripen evenly leading into an early harvest. In February, hotter weather prevailed ensuring a fast and early grape intake. 100% Shiraz. TA 6.8 g/l, pH 3.62. 16 months in 83% new and 17% one-year-old French oak hogsheads. Luscious in texture and with quite marked structure but with lovely savoury Shiraz notes. Super-bracing. Nothing obviously sweet nor alcoholic about this. Very neat. Chewy and rather magnificent. Heavy in the glass but not on the palate. Attractive, bracing, green notes on the finish. Edgy and salty.

Vinification Notes

15 months in French oak hogsheads (70% new and 30% 1-y.o.)