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Maturing Penfolds 95-point magnums – RWT: The Connoisseur’s Grange?
From our wine director, Tom Harrow:
I hosted an illuminating tasting of Penfolds top BINs earlier this month in the magnificent Penfolds Room at David Linley in Belgravia, which you enter through a cupboard in a Narnia-like fashion, including a selection of rare older vintages. I have always felt that it’s wines like BIN 389 (Poor Man’s Grange), St Henri Shiraz and especially the RWT (the non-nonsense Aussie abbreviation of Red Winemaking Trial) that represent great value for fine wines but are not well known in Europe and are rarely enjoyed with sufficient age to define and differentiate their complexities.
[caption id="attachment_1803" align="alignright" width="168"] An RWT magnum with slightly smaller friends.[/caption]
The standout wine of the evening was the RWT 2006 (served from magnums) the remnants of which met with the same enthusiastic response at a second tasting last night. The wine was arguably even better a day after being opened. Where Grange is a multi-region, American-oaked wine, RWT is a Barossa Shiraz which matures in French oak and stylistically sits more obviously between Australia and a ripe Rhone vintage. It is clearly only just entering its drinking window, offering plenty of perfectly (but not over) ripe spicy black fruits with licorice, star anise, eucalyptus and tapenade notes on the nose followed by a rich palate of meaty, juicy blueberry and spiced plum fruit, cherries and blackberries jostling alongside the developing savoury characters of polished leather, balsa, char and tar. An impressively opulent yet balanced mouthful and one that will make an awesome centrepiece for dinners and BBQs over the next two decades.
We have managed to pry the few remaining cases of magnums of the 06 from Penfolds museum stock in the UK and are offering them on a first come, first served basis.
£1350 per 6 magnums
£675 per 3 magnums
£225 per magnum
(all prices including VAT)
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Published on: April 10, 2015