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About the domain
One of Australia’s most renowned domaines, Penfolds was founded in 1844 by the English doctor Christopher Rawson Penfolds. In its beginnings the domaine produced mainly fortified wines (in the style of Port or Sherry) although dry whites and reds were also made. From 1900, the estate built up an admirable reputation thanks to the ageing potential of its fine reds. From 1950 onwards, Penfolds began producing exclusively red wines made from the Syrah grape varietal by their cellar master Max Schubert. Over the years the domaine has been merged with various companies to become today the property of Treasury Wine Estates. The vineyard is situated in the heart of the Adelaide hills in southern Australia. Penfolds is the standard bearer for fine Australian wine thanks to the high quality and consistency of its cuvées from the flagship to the entry level wines. This is quite a feat considering the estate spans 700 hectares. When it comes to the New World, Penfolds is a leading light.
About the cuvée
The cuvée RWT Shiraz was created in 1997 and was raised in French oak barrels. RWT stands for “Red Winemaking Trial”, the official name given to the cuvée when it was still in the pipeline. The Shiraz was cultivated on sandy soils which saw periods of extreme heat in February and March, not long before its harvest. We enjoyed its power, depth and silky tannins enveloped in notes of ripe black and red fruits. A super gastronomic wine produced by an emblematic domain of the continent.