Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2001

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94
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91
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87
Magenta with a deep purple core. An archetypal refined Barossa Shiraz nose with liquorice, blackberry and plum aromas over a tar underlay. With closer inspection, higher floral notes arise meshed with lemony, scented oak. Perfectly balanced with dark berry fruits framed by spicy French Oak. Impressive layers of flavour make up the generous mid palate. Texturally enticing, with beguiling, silky fine-grained tannins that appear talc-like, and powdery, even alongside St Henri. Stylistically pleasing, with more pervasive French Oak and superior balance and texture, relative to earlier RWT releases. Penfolds RWT Shiraz presents an admirable alternative to the multi-regional sourcing and American oak maturation that are hallmarks of Grange, expressing instead, single-region Barossa Valley Shiraz matured in French oak barriques. The initials RWT stand for 'Red Winemaking Trial', the name given to the project internally when developmental work began in 1995.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Appellation Barossa Valley
Brand Penfolds
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • ws94

Wine SpectatorRipe and open-textured, rife with cherry, currant and blueberry jam flavors, subtlety shaded with spicy, slightly smoky overtones that linger along with the fruit on a very persistent finish. A hint of melted wax that is intriguing as well. Best from 2005 through 2015. 8,000 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, September 30, 2004
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastThis year, the RWT is tightly wound, masculine and stately, but all in all, a pleasant walk in the dark. Smells like soil, meat and char/smoke and tastes likewise, with those flavors enveloping black plum fruit on the palate. Juicy but taut on the finish, like there's some blue-berries thrown in for good measure. Drink after 2008.

Daryna Tobey, November 15, 2004
  • wa87

Wine AdvocateThe 2001 Shiraz RWT reveals an attractive dense ruby/purple-tinged color as well as an earthy, plum, cherry, and peppery-scented bouquet, medium to full body, and slightly intrusive acidity. The fruit and weight are such that the acidity is only a minor annoyance as opposed to dominating the wine's character and compressing its texture. While acceptable, it could have been a lot better. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

Robert Parker, October 2004