Penfolds ‘RWT’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - South Island
Review Date : 22-Nov-2015
‘RWT’ stands for ‘Red Winemaking Trial’, a project begun in 1995, with the first releases from the 1997 vintage. 100% Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 57% new French oak hogsheads. Very dark, black-red, with purple hues, near impenetrable. The nose exudes richness, ripeness and opulence with layers of black berried fruits and black plums along with liquorice and exotic spices, lifted by plenty of new oak lift. Quite complete with boldness and finesse. The palate is massively rich and concentrated with dense, plush and decadently ripe black berried and plum fruits. The fruit sweetness is the feature, and matched by layers of liquorice, exotic Asian spices, oak toast and black minerals. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, velvety tannins, that provide balancing structure, enabling the flavours to come to the fore. This has wonderful density and concentration that carries to a very long and sustained, plush, opulent finish. This must be one of the great ‘RWT’s. 15-20 years easily. 20.0/20 Nov 2015 RRP $219.99

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