2017 Penfolds RWT Bin 798 Barossa Shiraz
Barossa Valley, Australia
Tastes Like: Blueberry, Blackberry, Vanilla, Chocolate
“Be quick – yet another small parcel RWT release of lower volume than Grange. Sssh.” – Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker
For the past 70 years Penfolds Grange has been the benchmark of quality wine production – not just in Australia, but around the world. Winemaker Peter Gago’s 2008 vintage became the very first New World bottling to receive perfect 100-Point scores from both Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. Today it continues to be one of the most coveted wines in the world. There’s just one little problem – it sells for $700 a bottle.
So in 1995 Penfolds started a Red Winemaking Trial (RWT) to create an alternative to their flagship bottling.
Instead of sourcing grapes from around Australia, the grapes for RWT are selected from a single Barossa Valley region. And rather than aging them in American oak like Grange, these precious berries mature exclusively in French oak.
RWT offers precision, concentration, and balance, offering exceptional aromatics and an opulent, fleshy texture – all for a quarter of the price of Grange.
“Deep, vibrant colour; the bouquet is very expressive, speaking of a legion of black fruits, licorice, plum and spice, none of which prepare you for the sheer power of this amazing wine, and its untold depths.”
– 98 Points, James Halliday
“Offers a lush, juicy mix of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry flavors that appears seamless, integrating with notes of amaretto, clove and lavender. Plush, juicy and very generous on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2034.”
– 96 Points & #9 Wine of 2019, Wine Spectator
“A deep, dark, brooding ruby in colour, this RWT 2017 displays an intense yet subtly peppery and tarry fragrance with an added veneer of vanilla from its 15 months in new French oak. That intensity splashes onto the tongue in a profusion of flavours mingling opulently ripe black cherry with pepper, vanilla, tarry spice and herbs in a polished Barossa red that, thanks to the cooler growing season, shows an elegance of texture and balance through all the richness. At the same time, it has a seriously tongue-coating, chocolatey firmness in Barossa-meets-Côte Rôtie style.”
– 96 Points, Decanter
“Stunning blueberries and mulberries here with a wealth of baking spices and red berries, as well as tarry notes and blackberries. It is all here. The palate has a super plush, rich and quite compressed tannin feel. Some firm and powerful moments, as the palate builds with plentiful spiced summer berries. Red plums and blackberries to close. Try from 2025.”
– 96 Points, James Suckling
“Red raspberries abound on the nose of the 2017 RWT Shiraz, which—as usual—is all Barossa fruit aged in French oak (70% new). It’s full-bodied and velvety, with appealing notes of dried spices, beef and plenty of red fruit. There’s a cedary veneer to this vintage, which looks as if it will need a couple of years to come together, then drink well for up to two decades.”
– 95 Points, Wine Advocate