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Penfolds, Bin 798 RWT Shiraz, Barossa Valley 1998


Case Format: 12x75cl

The Red Wine Trial that redefined Barossa shiraz at the highest level. Stylistically, RWT is contemporary, opulent and finely tuned. An interesting contrast to the well-established Grange, which is a more concentrated, muscular and assertive style. RWT is made from Barossa Valley shiraz grapes primarily selected for their aromatic qualities, varietal typicity, fine tannins and plush texture. Maturation in French oak provides another contrast to Grange. This release shows precision, concentration and balance to age for many years. Blue and red fruits, floral notes and a hint of savoury green olive add to a powerful and opulent palate.

The initials RWT stand for ‘Red Winemaking Trial’, the name given to the project internally when developmental work began in 1995. Naturally, now no longer a ‘trial’, 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 plush texture.

The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa shiraz at the highest quality level. RWT wines are built for the long haul, with the precision, concentration and balance to age for many years.

£1,200.00 IN BOND


Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-brick in color the 1998 RWT Shiraz opens to notes of Old Chesterfield, beef drippings, Bovril, sandalwood and sultanas. Quite elegant and fine on the palate, it is a little woody and finishes long and spicy.

Neal Martin

Tasted at the “Rewards of Patience” vertical in Berlin. The 1998 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz is to date, the only one raised entirely in new oak. It has a ripe, eucalyptus tinged bouquet that is dense and broody, perhaps less personable than the 1997, which shows more advancement. The palate is full-bodied with a heady, eucalyptus and balsamic tinged entry. There is certainly a lot of fruit concentration here that lends a slight viscosity to the texture, although the dominance of new oak seems to render it a little monotonous on the finish, deprived of finesse. This is enjoyable but not memorable. Drink now-2020. Tasted June 2012.


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