Penfolds RWT Bin 798, Shiraz 2018




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’, RWT Shiraz was launched in May 2000 with the 1997 vintage. Barossa Shiraz fruit 16 months in French oak hogsheads (64% new and 36% An aromatic swirl of chocolate, hazelnut, liquorice primary fruit stage black forest cake fruits unfold – redcurrant and blackberry. Powdery tannins – silky and glossy – offer textbook velvet, cashmere texture. So smooth! Dense, verging on unctuous, without any reliance or concession to alcohol or oak. Wonderful length, depth, balance.