Shiraz Barossa South Australia
The development of Penfolds Red Winemaking Trial reflects extraordinary progress in viticulture and winemaking. The two disciplines are increasingly intertwined, as growers and winemakers work together in search of optimum balance, ripeness and flavour. RWT draws fruit from 20 to 100 year-old vineyards arcing across the west and north-west of the Barossa, mostly independently grown. A seductive style from the best vineyards showing voluptuous intensity, ripe tannins, and juicy plum/blueberry flavours underpinned by savoury French oak.
Penfolds RWT Shiraz 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 in French oak barriques. 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. This wine was matured for 15 months in 70% new and 30% one year old French oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5% Acidity: 6.60g/l pH:3.62.
Dark deep red. Plush, lush, blackberry and loganberry conserve notes offer lifted sweet fruit aromas with the faintest suggestion of savoury oak. Stylistically very different from its stablemates, with darker soy/tar notes and a trace of pepper. A svelte, structurally tightly-bound package with good grip and definition. The sweet mid-palate is wrapped in plum, chocolate and spice flavours, while pronounced grainy tannins and cedary integrated oak court a long lingering finish. At this stage of development the wine definitely needs air, a requirement, not a choice.