2004 Penfolds Shiraz RWT
Syrah - 750ML

  • IWC 93
  • WS 92
  • WA 90

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IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2007
Deep ruby. Expansive seductive bouquet of red and dark berries with sexy vanillin oak spice floral oils and graphite adding complexity. Lush and creamy but lively too with energetic blackberry and mulberry flavors exotic... Deep ruby. Expansive seductive bouquet of red and dark berries with sexy vanillin oak spice floral oils and graphite adding complexity. Lush and creamy but lively too with energetic blackberry and mulberry flavors exotic Asian spice accents and fine-grained harmonious tannins. Suave mocha and candied licorice appear on the long juicy finish. This is absolutely lovely right now with no edginess or herbal notes but will clearly repay a decade-plus in the cellar.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2007
Broad and generous. A lively mouthful of black tea-accented cherry and herb notes lingering against crisp tannins on the finish. The flavors have a purity and focus that comes through all the accents. Best from 2009... Broad and generous. A lively mouthful of black tea-accented cherry and herb notes lingering against crisp tannins on the finish. The flavors have a purity and focus that comes through all the accents. Best from 2009 through 2015. 1173 cases imported. -HS
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2015
Deep garnet in color, the 2004 RWT Shiraz has a meaty nose showing some tar and earth hints on top of a core of baked currant and cherries. Medium-bodied, the savory palate is structured by chewy tannins. It is holding up... Deep garnet in color, the 2004 RWT Shiraz has a meaty nose showing some tar and earth hints on top of a core of baked currant and cherries. Medium-bodied, the savory palate is structured by chewy tannins. It is holding up but is not as expressive as its predecessors. Going through a mute patch? - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Sub-region Barossa Valley
Vintage 2004

Label

Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz presents an alternative to the multi-regional sourcing and American oak maturation that are hallmarks of Grange. RWT expresses single region Barossa Valley Shiraz matured only in French oak. The initials RWT stand for ‘Red Winemaking Trial’, which was the internal project name at its inception in 1995. Far from a ‘Trial’ now, 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 lush texture. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level.

Winery

Penfolds

Penfolds is an iconic Australian wine producer established in 1844 when Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold and his family arrived from England and paid the princely sum of £1,200 for 500 acres of the best land in Magill. He planted French vine cuttings with the intention of producing his own “medicinal tonic” wine.

When he passed away, his wife Mary assumed responsibility for the 60 acres of vines in The Grange Vineyard, which was then producing several varieties. She managed the estate for 25 years, passing it on to her daughter Georgina and son-in-law Thomas Hyland when she retired. The Penfold family continued to operate the business very successfully and retained a controlling interest after the company became public.

Penfolds now has an extensive portfolio that includes the ‘House Style’ collection, numbered-bin releases, special bins, and fortifieds among others. It has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia and across the world.

Penfolds has earned numerous accolades for its flagship and most iconic wine, Grange, the creation of former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert who aimed to match the finest, aged Bordeaux wines. Initially rejected by Penfolds management, the experiment was kept secret and barrels of wines were hidden behind a fake wall in the tunnels at Magill Estate. With bottle age development, a second tasting was greeted with enthusiasm and production was restarted.

Penfolds vineyards are located primarily in South Australia on prime land throughout the state’s most esteemed viticultural regions. Throughout its history, Penfolds has owned and leased vineyards in addition to sourcing grapes from independent growers. Its grapes are sourced from more than 220 vineyards and grape growers across Australia. This strategy reflects the tradition of multi-vineyard and multi-regional sourcing, first introduced in the 1860s by Mary Penfold, and allows for a consistency of style and quality across vintages, something Penfolds is renowned for.