2008 Penfolds Shiraz RWT
Syrah - 750ML
  • JH 96
  • WF 93
  • IWC 93
  • WE 93
  • WA 92

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$69.94

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Reg: $89.94

$69.94

This product is
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JH 96
James Halliday - James Halliday, August 2011
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... 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.
WF 93
Wine Front - Wine Front, May 2011
Made entirely with Barossa Valley shiraz as always - and this year matured in 83 percent new French oak (the highest percentage of new oak in Penfolds RWT since the 1998).No doubting it: this is a wine of impact. Big... Made entirely with Barossa Valley shiraz as always - and this year matured in 83 percent new French oak (the highest percentage of new oak in Penfolds RWT since the 1998).No doubting it: this is a wine of impact. Big blueberried fruit big blue-cedar oak. Spice and rich ripe robust plummy flavour. Stains the glass an inky purple. Warm brandied aftertaste but it has the power to shift the flavours right through. It was a hot vintage but they've brought this baby home. Given its power it is remarkably composed and bright. Grunty tannin makes the wine feel like it has `a big motor'. If you were being critical you'd say that it lacks nuance or perhaps complexity - but time could well take care of that. Looking forward to giving this another try in the next few weeks. --Campbell Mattinson
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2011
Deep violet. Complex bouquet of red and dark berries is complemented by smoky minerals potpourri anise and black pepper. Rich but focused on the palate offering sweet black raspberry and cassis flavors a velvety texture... Deep violet. Complex bouquet of red and dark berries is complemented by smoky minerals potpourri anise and black pepper. Rich but focused on the palate offering sweet black raspberry and cassis flavors a velvety texture and strong mineral snap. This elegantprecise wine boasts impressive finishing sweetness. For such a rich wine this is very graceful and surprisingly approachable although it's built to age.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
Full-bodied and richly textured with Penfolds' hallmark weight and structure on full display the 2008 RWT shows a touch of the vintage's characteristic warmth but only a touch. The cassis and blackberry fruit is plush... Full-bodied and richly textured with Penfolds' hallmark weight and structure on full display the 2008 RWT shows a touch of the vintage's characteristic warmth but only a touch. The cassis and blackberry fruit is plush velvety and superripe ending with hints of tobacco mint and vanilla. It should drink well for at least a decade. --Joe Czerwinski
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2015
Deep garnet with some purple, the 2008 RWT Shiraz is a little closed and shows dried fruits, blueberry preserves, cola, kirsch, potpourri and allspice. Medium to full-bodied and expressive, it has nice and firm chewy... Deep garnet with some purple, the 2008 RWT Shiraz is a little closed and shows dried fruits, blueberry preserves, cola, kirsch, potpourri and allspice. Medium to full-bodied and expressive, it has nice and firm chewy tannins and good length. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
JJB 90
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, May 2011
Sourced from the Ebenezer Kalmina and Moppa subregions in the northern Barossa Valley. Aged for 14 months in 83% new French hogsheads. Opaque in color with a magenta rim. This sample was particularly closed and backwards... Sourced from the Ebenezer Kalmina and Moppa subregions in the northern Barossa Valley. Aged for 14 months in 83% new French hogsheads. Opaque in color with a magenta rim. This sample was particularly closed and backwards requiring quite a bit of air which led to a small core of black fruit and later hints of chocolate and freshly turned earth. Medium-full bodied the palate profile for this vintage is elegant and focused with a beautiful expression of fruit forming the foundation of a very long finish supported by fine tannins. There is potential for greater presence on the palate with some aging though this is approachable now.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Sub-region Barossa Valley
Vintage 2008

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.