2006 Penfolds "RWT" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 RWT Shiraz was aged for 14 months in 70% new French oak hogsheads. The winery describes its style as opulent and fleshy compared to Grange's muscular and assertive personality. Opaque purple in color, it offers aromas of Asian spices, beef juice, toast, blueberry, and licorice. Rich, fleshy, and round, it has plenty of underlying tannin, impeccable balance, and a long, pure finish. It will deliver prime drinking from 2014 to 2030. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby with a bright rim. Rich cherry compote, blueberry and fruitcake aromas are complicated by sexy Asian spices and flowers. Plush black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors are given a refreshingly bitter edge by notes of rhubarb and cracked pepper, picking up silky tannins on the back end. Seductively sweet but focused, with strong finishing minerality and lingering cherry/berry character.
Smooth and refined, with a wet earth note adding interest to the ripe blueberry, plum and licorice flavors, which linger against a burr of tannins on the long finish. Best from 2011 through 2016.
Wine & Spirits
A selection of Grange-quality fruit matured along a different path, RWT gains its rich texture in part from aging in new French oak. The fruit holds a concentrated presence in the wine, its violet and black cherry scents melding with the oak in the scent of cherry-wood smoke. This needs bottle age for the fruit to evolve past the oak, which is primary for now. Check on this ten years from the vintage.
Penfolds chief winemaker, Peter Gago: "In the style of the 2002 vintage - perhaps a touch more sumptuous. Proudly Barossa, a pedigreed 2006 offer that needs plenty of air to open up."