2016 RWT Shiraz, Penfolds, Barossa Valley

The RWT is a supercharged example of Barossa Shiraz: it’s broad and intense with massive volume. This is unashamed, yet perfumed, too. There’s some violets but it’s quite earthy and scorched ground takes over on the back palate. With impressive depth and intensity and a really driven and cool finish, it’s a super-impressive wine.

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  • Region & country
    Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2038
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  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
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2016 RWT Shiraz, Penfolds, Barossa Valley


The 2016 RWT Shiraz is Penfolds's embodiment of Barossa Valley Shiraz. Aged in French oak (72% new), it offers hints of vanilla and cedar, but more than anything, it showcases the region's bold berry and plum fruit. Full-bodied and rich, verging on decadent, yet firmly structured and long on the finish, it's a powerful yet elegant wine that is capable of being consumed young or aging up to two decades. Having embarked on a career in the wine business right around the time the first RWT was released, it's a treat to see how the latest version is showing. It's a relative bargain among the Penfolds upper echelon.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (October 2018)

Few regions’ wine has been as influenced and defined by one producer as Australia has been by Penfolds. It was founded by an English doctor, Christopher Rawson Penfold, in 1844, a physician who used his port-like wines as medication to his patients’ delight. Nowadays consistency and longevity run throughout their impressive range: from their fortified wines to the affordable bin series, their delicious Chardonnays to the legendary, collectable and sought after Grange, Australia’s finest wine.

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