RWT Shiraz presents an admirablealternative to the multi-regional sourcing and American oak maturation that are hallmarks of Grange, expressing instead, single-region Barossa Valley Shiraz matured only in French oak. 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 is made from fruit primarily selected for its aromatic qualities and fine texture rather than sheer intensity or power of flavour.
RWT serves to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level, as wines of finesse, grace and elegance. Vintage 2006 is in the style of the 2002, perhaps a touch more sumptuous. Proudly Barossa, a pedigreed 2006 offer that needs plenty of air to open up. Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa Valley saw a good spring budburst and fruit set, followed by favourable growing conditions that allowed steady, continuous ripening. Warm, dry conditions prevailed during the harvest period. The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness having excellent fresh varietal flavour, tannin structure and colour. RWT was matured fourteen months in 70% new and 30% one-year-old French oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep, dark magenta. Dark spices and saturated fresh regional Shiraz fruits – tell-tale wafts of blueberry, blackberry, liquorice and black olive. Secondary notes of rosemary, peppercorn, thyme, juices of beef – verging on that of a terrine / corned beef. Subtle cedary French oak in the background, plush velvety tannins. "A richer, plumper and more concentrated RWT which manages to retain its customary elegance and charm. Its sweet, heady bouquet of violets, jujube-like blueberries, blackberries and cassis is backed by cedar/chocolate vanilla oak, while its luscious, silky-smooth palate of fine length and full to medium weight reveals a full spectrum of ripe and just slightly meaty and raisined fruits!" -JeremyOliver.com
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