Thursday, February 25, 2010

Penfolds RWT 2002 Shiraz Barossa Valley

There's always a first for every bottle of wine. This bottle happened to be one.

Penfolds has been producing wines for almost 150 years and indisputably lead the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The Penfolds RWT is made from the most premium fruit from dedicated Barossa growers, chosen on the basis of aromatic qualities and fine texture rather than intensity or power. The initials RWT stand for 'Red Winemaking Trial'- the name given to the project internally when developmental work began in 1995 to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level.

Penfolds RWT Shiraz presents an admirable alternative to the multi-regional sourcing and American oak maturation and thus expressing instead a single region Barossa Valley Shiraz matured in French oaks. Since the first vintage, collectors have recognised the sheer class of RWT, and the wine has a strong secondary market following, illustrating its collectability and cellaring potential.

This 2002 Shiraz RWT is a 100% Shiraz- single region (Barossa) offering that typically spends 14 months in a combination of 2/3 new and 1/3 old French oak. It's said to be on par with the infamous Penfolds Bin 707. However, the distinction lies in the grapes where RWT uses the Shiraz and 707 is a Cabernet Sauvignon. I was told that the wine connoisseurs prefer the RWT to a 707.

On the nose, it has hints of berries, licorice and some tobacco. This is a spicy, rich medium-bodied wine that is elegant. On the palate, you could actually taste some chocolate, licorice and some minty aftertaste. I wouldn't say it's the best but it's definitely not the average Australian Shiraz wines as this RWT has a balanced and longer finish. Lush, expansive and yet with a defined sleek demeanour.

The Rewards of Patience, Sixth Edition, suggests a drinking window of 2012 -2030. Obviously we couldn't wait that long! The market price for it should be around RM550.

Robert Parker 93 points!

Savour the moment....

Take your time to nose the wine, swirl it around gently and admire its dark magenta liquid. Then slowly, tilt the glass and let the wine wet your lips. Close your eyes, take a small sip and admire its complexity. Indulge and relax.

On a lighter note, I wished that I've got the Blackberry Storm 2 equipped with the Blackberry Advance from Celcom with me as I indulge so that I can tweet on the spot! Seems like they made the internet surfing on the phone a breeze with the HSDPA up to 7.2mbps! It's been such a hassle having to snap the picture of the moment and then having to upload it to my desktop before posting the picture to my blog/twitter account. Maybe I should after all consider this special promo deal after the CNY ang pow collections.


Simon Seow said...

Red wine and cigar. Bliss.

Sean said...

yikes, it sounds good, but RM550 is out of my price range. i usually stick to a maximum of RM200-something for a bottle...

suituapui said...

Dunno much about wines...but they say shiraz goes better with meat dishes like steaks, is that true?

Anonymous said...

i've stopped following wine guides or gurus like parker. there's a sense of liberation once you follow your palate and discover a luscious red or sublime white from the most unlikely source.

eiling lim said...

Simon Seow: Indulgence. Bliss is wonderful.

Sean: Yeah it's kinda pricey and honestly for that price, I wouldn't get that bottle.

STP: Yep. Shiraz goes very well with beef.

Anon: Oh well, I do not worship RP but sometimes I do check up on the wines I drank and see whether how he would rate that wine. in the end, like you said, it's still your own preference that matters.

Anonymous said...

How often do you and your friends blind taste the wine? Believe you are aware that wine can be blended to almost any taste winemaker wish.

Anonymous said...

For the same wine or grape, if there is distinguish taste, aroma, etc from different sub-region and year. Why durian lovers can’t tell the difference on D24 from different States and year? Likewise, if weather play a very important part to the fruit/plant, single malt whisky should have distinguish taste, aroma every year.

TY said...

I would agreed Penfolds do have some wonderful range of wines but to me the new world wine are more of control production.
I still prefer the old world wine, whenever you open a bottle there is a surprise.

CUMI & CIKI said...

that's ur best profile. the profile that is constantly inhaling deeply into a wine glass! LOL..

Anonymous said...

are you pimping Celcom blackberry? most of your posts and twitters are full of advert for it.

you now sound like a b-grade movie with lots of boring ads.

eiling lim said...

Anon & Anon: Well, I'm not a connoisseur and I don't think I'm qualify to answer all those questions. But I can tell you that I rarely decline the glass being offered to me. And thus, after each and every wine I have tasted, I'll go back and do my research so that I know what I'm drinking.

TY: Yeah I do prefer old world wines too especially the burgundy.

Cumi & Ciki: Thanks babe!

Anon: Oh well, Yeah it's an advert which I have accepted. Am sorry if you didn't like it.

Garrett said...

In my personal opinion (I'm no wine expert, but I do love 'em), Barossa Valley produces the BEST Shiraz! Even their cheaper range is pretty good. But the best I've ever had was the Centenary Hill Shiraz 1996. It was filled with vanilla and berries and chocolates and rainbows and spice and everything nice! I looked all over for it, even in Australia but to no avail. I just couldn't find '96. Do try it if you ever get a chance.

Garrett said...

Ei Ling,

I first had the '96 bottle about 6 years ago in KL. It cost me about RM260 then. According to my web searches, they can be obtained from between AUD55 - 75. Is that all?

If you do find it in KL, please do tell! Cheers!

eiling lim said...

Garrett: ok, if I ever do, I'll blog about it! haha... then you can contact me to buy the rest! Lol..

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