Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2002 – tasting note

Posted by Martin Field on 1 May 2005 in Wine Tasting

Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2002. About $AUD150. The RWT is black cherry in colour and near opaque. Nose of pepper and spices, cherry liqueur, aniseed and lightly charred French oak. The palate (this is way too young to drink now) is solid, dry and chewy with ‘cop this!’ tannins. The fruit as you might expect is enormous but is subdued at the moment by the untamed chewiness. The long finish has hints of raspberries and high-grade, slightly bitter, dark chocolate. This’ll all come together in a couple of years into a memorable blend that promises to cellar well for 20 and more years.


Just announced by Penfolds is the launch of their en primeur Special Bin wines, the Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 and the Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Barossa Shiraz 2004. At the same time (May 1) they are releasing their super premium wines: Grange 2000, Yattarna Chardonnay 2002, Bin 707 Cabernet 2002, Magill Estate Shiraz 2002, St Henri Shiraz 2001 and the RedWinemakingTrial shiraz 2002.

Prices range from around $70 for the St Henri to maybe$500 for the Grange, putting these wines out of the reach of any but auction speculators, the wealthy or the seriously indulgent. Oh, I forgot, and the wine writers who get to sample them. When I was younger and wanted to try wines such as these I lashed out with the hard-earned or joined with friends to share the cost of an unforgettable experience. I still recall the buzz I got when I opened the first Grange I tried – the 1969. Are they worth it? How much might a wine lover pay for an unforgettable experience?

1 Comment on “Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2002 – tasting note”

  1. gavin says:

    opened a 1996 penfolds bin 389 last night over dinner with friends… it didn’t last long! a perfect wine with just the right balance of everything. choc/ blueberry /vanilla/ with a finish that i swear i could taste when i woke up thismorning!.. and considering i paid 21.95 aus dollar for this back in 1999… outstanding value!

    im just glad i still have another four of these in the cellar!…

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