The Penfolds RWT presents an admirable alternative to the multi-regional sourcing and American oak maturation that are hallmarks of the Grange. The RWT is a single-region Barossa Valley Shiraz matured in French Oak.
The “Red Winemaking Trial” RWT is certainly no longer a trial since it was launched in May 2000 from the 1997 vintage.
The 2011 offering is coloured a deep mauve with impressive colour and brightness. On the nose, Barossa fruits ascend including plum, rhubarb and cranberry. The palate is full-bodied, solid and forceful. Fine, pronounced and persistent tannins court blue and black berried fruits, sensitively encapsulating a sweet mid-palate.
French oak of mixed forest origin and age works its magic and it is sensitive to the vintage’s flavours and structure.
Peak drinking 2015-2030.
“A spicy, savoury, tangy and elegant variation on the RWT style, true to the season. It’s led by firm, finely structured tannins and astringent acidity, underlined by dark chocolate French oak (51% new). There’s gamey, peppery character here, without the focus or integrity of the great vintages, though a sound result for the ’11 season.” – Tyson Stelzer