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Penfolds Shiraz Rwt 2008

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Penfolds Shiraz Rwt 1.50L 2008          
Sku: 1752874*

The development of Penfolds Red Winemaking Trial (RWT) reflects extraordinary progress in viticulture and winemaking. The two disciplines are increasingly intertwined, as growers and winemakers work together in search of optimum balance, ripeness and flavour. RWT draws fruit from 20 to 100 year-old vineyards arcing across the west and north-west of the Barossa Valley, mostly independently grown. The best vineyards produce fruit of voluptuous intensity, ripe tannins, and juicy flavours. The RWT Shiraz has a very seductive style with a plum/blueberry fruit profile and fine ripe tannins underpinned by savoury French oak. Since its first vintage in 1997, collectors have recognised the sheer class of RWT. Already the wine has a strong secondary market following, illustrating its collectability and cellaring potential.

Rating
 Vinous 93 points (Sep 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 and strong mineral snap. This elegant,precise wine boasts impressive finishing sweetness. For such a rich wine, this is very graceful and surprisingly approachable, although it’s built to age.
 Wine Spectator 93 points (Jun 15 2013)
A bit shy on the nose but dense in the mouth, with brilliant blueberry, plum and white pepper flavors, coming together smoothly on the finish and lingering expressively. Drink now through 2020. 3,354 cases imported.-HS
 Wine Advocate 93 points (Sep 2012)
Tasted at the “Rewards of Patience” vertical in Berlin. The nose on the 2008 RWT is very primal and surly at first: tightly coiled macerated dark cherries, dark plum, blackcurrants and blueberry shrouded in a fug of alcohol. The palate is very smooth and voluptuous, an RWT of curves not edges. It is packed full of sweet, opulent red fruit with a sensual, sexy finish that needs several years to develop complexity. The constituent parts are all here for a great RWT, but at the moment it is a boy not a man. Drink now-2025. Tasted June 2012.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 RWT Shiraz presents quite a lot of cedar over notes of pure blackberry and black cherry fruit with hints of cinnamon stick, toast and underbrush. Medium bodied, concentrated and taut in the mouth, it has firm, grainy tannins and crisp acidity, finishing long. A little disjointed at this stage, it needs time to marry and should drink best 2014 to 2023+.

Food pairing
Duck, red curry ’ice cream’, split rice porridge, lychee, tamarind and pineapple Rabbit, pork and duck terrine Cassoulet

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Region: South Australia
Sub-Region: Barossa
Appellation: Barossa Valley
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Type: Still wine
 
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