2016 Penfolds RWT Shiraz 750ml
Penfold Winery with over 160 years history. The founder Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold immigrated from London, England to Adelaide, Australia in 1845. He collected some vine branches from the south of France and planted the first batch of grapes near the cottage. Name with his wife's residence name in UK, The Grange. Originally only for brewing wine for pharmaceutical use, but did not expect to embark on the road of Australian wine king.
The 2017 Grange has been highly praised by many authoritative wine critics around the world since its launch. These include 98 points awarded by Huon Hooke, 98 points awarded by Tony Love and 98 points awarded by Tyson Stelzer, which can be said to show the high quality and cellaring strength of the 2017 Grange in advance, which is expected to be comparable to the 1951 first year Grange which broke the auction price. Extraordinary charm.
Penfold's winemaking philosophy is to use sufficient grape resources to make a variety of styles of wines. In addition to The Grange, other wines are also popular.
2016 Penfolds RWT Shiraz
The initials RWT stand for ‘Red Winemaking Trial’, the name given to the project internally when developmental work began in 1995. RWT is made from fruit primarily selected for its aromatic qualities and lush texture. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa shiraz at the highest quality level.
NOSE: Upon sitting / swirling, patisserie scents of almond croissant, cinnamon bun ... and perhaps crème brûlée glaze.
PALATE: Focussed / defined, yet still generous. Mouth-watering acidity clutching opulent fruits renders an impressive pathway cleaved across front / middle / back palate ... a pathway all ably assisted by chalky tannins and absorbed integrated oak.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 97
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.