Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2008
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- ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 0 out of 5 stars.
Deep crimson. Intense blackberry, mulberry aromas with mocha, dark chocolate, spicy notes with a warm ethereal lift. Rich, voluminous and dense with intense blackberry, dark chocolate, spicy, cedar flavours, plush velvety tannins and underlying roasted chestnut, vanilla notes. Finishes chocolatey firm, slightly hot and very long. Still quite elemental but balanced and round. Will last decades. 83% new French oak. Best to keep.
"Glorious, deep crimson-purple, with an alluring bouquet of black fruits, spice and cedary oak contributed by 14 months' maturation in 83% new French hogsheads. The medium- to full-bodied palate has layer-upon-layer of velvety blackberry fruit allied with notes of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of licorice and spice, silky tannins and quality oak completing the package." 96 Points James Halliday - Published on 11 Aug 2011
"This release will complete the conversion of many Penfolds loyalists... their RWT is no longer on probation. Shiraz/Barossa/ French oak/Penfolds. Yes, it does work!"
- P.Gago, April 2011
RWT Shiraz was launched in May 2000 with the 1997 vintage. 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 rather than sheer intensity or power of flavour. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level.
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.
Matured for 14 months in new (83%) and one year old French oak hogsheads.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
|Cellaring:||Drink by 2035|
|Bottle Top:||Foil over cork|
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