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Penfolds - Penfolds RWT Bin 798 2018

Red Wine from South Australia · Australia
Price: £110.00
Case Rate: £110.00
Ex Tax: £91.67
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Barossa Valley
Winery: Penfolds
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: 2022-2050
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98 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Barossa Valley
Winery: Penfolds
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: 2022-2050

Wine tasting notes

Viscous and lush. An immediate supple fleshiness, liveliness. At release, during this primary fruit stage – berried ice-cream and black forest cake fruits unfold – redcurrant and blackberry. Powdery tannins – silky and glossy – offer textbook velvet/cashmere texture. So smooth! Dense, verging on unctuous, without any reliance or concession to alcohol or oak. Wonderful length, depth, balance.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2018) - 98 pts

Sourced only from the Barossa Valley, RWT is aged exclusively in French oak, giving it two major points of difference from the rest of the Penfolds range. Always a sexy, voluptuous wine (and admittedly a personal favorite), the 2018 RWT Shiraz ratchets that up to new heights in a great Barossa vintage, boasting layers of berry-like fruit, refined vanilla shadings and baking-spice notes, plus more exotic elements like star anise and cocoa powder. It's full-bodied and plush without being unstructured in any way, with a lingering, complex finish and the concentration to age two decades or more.


James Suckling (2018) - 96 pts

This has a very attractively fresh, showy feel to the nose with aromas of ripe red cherries, blackberries, goji berries and redcurrants, as well as red plums and some wild-herb and licorice notes on offer, too. Very expressive and fragrant. The palate has a super intense and powerful delivery of ripe red-cherry and plum flavors and immaculately fresh French oak (64% new) that really clasps and holds the finish long. The tannins are so ripe and well positioned. Drink over two decades.


Decanter (2018) - 96 pts

Plush and opulent, this bombshell in a striking oak corset makes an exuberant entry, striding down the red carpet with its ample fruit talking in a bright, effusive voice. After that brassy entry it settles in the glass, its blackberry and brulée flavours singing softly atop a bed of powdery tannins, and the nutty, cedar tones framing a long finish. Having changed so much since its inaugural 1997 vintage, RWT ('Red Winemaking Trial') has never presented its fruit so voluptuously and immediately, with oak now part of the supporting cast rather than playing the star role.


James Halliday (2018) - 97 pts

This full-bodied shiraz spent 16 months in French hogsheads (64% new, 36% 1yo). The red winemaking team at Penfolds has the game by the throat here. It's flashy, it's opulent, its depth of black fruits and surrounds of oak and tannins sweep away any resistance. But beware of the pea and thimble trick - it needs at least 10 years to let you come up for air.