Penfolds Bin 798 RWT Shiraz 2019

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2019
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Origin: Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Magill Estate /South Australia 
  • Grapes: Shiraz


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. The alphanumeric Bin designation 798 was bestowed upon the wine from the 2016 vintage. Its style is opulent and fleshy, contrasting with Grange, which is more muscular and assertive.

RWT is made from fruit primarily selected for its aromatic qualities and plush texture. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa shiraz at the highest quality level. RWT wines area built for the long haul, with the precision, concentration and balance to age for many years.

A big ask to follow the 2018 vintage of RWT. Humbly answered with merit! RWT’s aspired balance and restraint tussles with innate Barossa power and darkness. Tightly coiled – needs time. Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Longtime readers will know of my personal fondness for this wine, going back nearly to its first vintage, the 1997. That said, the 2019 RWT Shiraz Bin 798 continues this wine's impressive run, artfully combining hedonistic waves of mixed fruit with the balancing and structural effects of 18 months in French oak hogsheads (57% new, with the balance second-fill). Dark chocolate and vanilla notes join blackberries and plums on the concentrated, full-bodied palate, picking up hints of coffee, black olives and licorice on the long, silky-textured finish. This should easily age up to two decades. 96pts Wine Advocate