Price per bottle: $200.00

Region:  Barossa Valley, South Australia

Varieties: Shiraz

Vintage: 2008

Alcohol: 14.5%

Cellar: Drink by 2035

Deep crimson. Intense blackberry, mulberry aromas with mocha, dark chocolate, spicy notes with a warm ethereal lift. Rich, voluminous and dense with intense blackberry, dark chocolate, spicy, cedar flavours, plush velvety tannins and underlying roasted chestnut, vanilla notes. Finishes chocolatey firm, slightly hot and very long. Still quite elemental but balanced and round. Will last decades. 83% new French oak. Best to keep.

RWT Shiraz was launched in May 2000 with the 1997 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 fine texture rather than sheer intensity or power of flavour. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level.

After a dry winter, above average rainfall in October and especially November reduced the risk of frost in cooler regions and restored soil moisture levels. The warm season across November continued with above average monthly temperatures right through until January. December through March was incredibly dry, and a light dose of rain in January helped refresh the vines. In 2008, earlier picked, physiologically ripe red varieties out of the Barossa are widely acknowledged to be of excellent quality.Matured for 14 months in new (83%) and one year old French oak hogsheads.

96 Points
James Halliday