Wine Advocate 93 points - Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 RWT Shiraz is a little closed showing intense and youthful primary aromas of cassis, kirsch, cedar, prunes and a touch of mulberries. Rich, muscular, packed with flavor, it is full-bodied, concentrated and finishes long with oak still poking out. Very youthful still, it will drink from 2014 to 2026+. (Feb 2013)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Firm tannins surround a generous core of black cherry, red plum, tobacco and creme brulee flavors that come together smoothly and expressively. Lifts its intensity a bit on the finish to let the flavors shine. Best from 2015 through 2025.—H.S. (Jun 12 2013)
The development of Penfolds Red Winemaking Trial (RWT) reflects extraordinary progress in viticulture and winemaking. The two disciplines are increasingly intertwined, as growers and winemakers work together in search of optimum balance, ripeness and flavour.
RWT draws fruit from 20 to 100 year-old vineyards arcing across the west and north-west of the Barossa Valley, mostly independently grown. The best vineyards produce fruit of voluptuous intensity, ripe tannins, and juicy flavours. The RWT Shiraz has a very seductive style with a plum/blueberry fruit profile and fine ripe tannins underpinned by savoury French oak.
Since its first vintage in 1997, collectors have recognised the sheer class of RWT. Already the wine has a strong secondary market following, illustrating its collectability and cellaring potential.
|Duck, red curry ’ice cream’, split rice porridge, lychee, tamarind and pineapple
Rabbit, pork and duck terrine
|We think of Pearson Vineyards as an undiscovered little jewel of a winery. It’s one of the smallest wineries we work with, and it’s one of the most interesting. Jim Pearson, the owner, manager, viticulturist and winemaker, is considered by many to be the 'Garagiste' of the Clare Valley. And when he’s not busy growing grapes and making wine, he runs the tasting room and sells wine at the cellar door. Jim makes the wine in a little shed next to his house. The facilities may not be impressive, but the wines certainly are. Pearson Vineyards currently offers two very special reds, a Cabernet Franc and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Both are full, rich flavorful wines that offer a great deal of complexity without a lot of oak.