Penfold’s was established in 1844. They have been a significant leader in quality wines in Australia and are custodians to Australia’s greatest wine – Grange. They do make a lot of wine these days at varying quality, but their access to fruit across regions and vintages means their top end wines are still leading quality for their styles.
RWT – or Red Wine Trial was a project started in 1995. It was based on finding aromatic Shiraz solely from within the Barossa and marrying it with French oak to make a more open and pretty style of wine when compared to the American oak dominant, structural monster that Grange is.
2005 – was almost the perfect vintage. It provided conditions that were steady and free of trouble in the vineyard. The fruit quality was outstanding and the wine quality is amongst the best in modern times.
Barossa Valley – One of the major wine regions or Australia. Known for making great Shiraz by any standard as well as Grenache, Mataro, Semillon and much more. There has been a lot of work finding the sub-regions that excel for each style and variety planted.
Shiraz/Syrah – A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.