Acidity 6.8 g/l, pH 3.61. 17 months in French oak hogsheads (70% new, 30% one year old). They have started to label it Bin 798 since it hardly qualifies as a Red Wine ‘Trial’ nowadays. Blackish purple. Very rich and almost toasted nose. Somehow a little leathery and Syrah-like (as opposed to Shiraz) yet definitely Barossa. Racy and chewy. A bit austere at the moment. Needs lots of time. Crunchy and grainy. One of most youthful wines in this range.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035
Robert Parker 92+
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 RWT Shiraz from the Barossa Valley offers cedar and cassis notes over a core of blackberry preserves, mocha and spice cake. Big, full, opulent and with notable notes of toasty oak, it has a solid structure and very long finish. Matured for 17 months in French hogsheads, 70% new, this baby needs a lot of time to integrate and shed some of its puppy fat.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028