95 Points Robert Parker
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz RWT Barossa Valley has a youthfully mute blackberries and black cherries-scented nose with hints of cedar, toast, cracked pepper and Provence herbs. While the oak is still standing out slightly in the mouth, this is backed up by tons of rich, seductive, mouth-coating fruit and firm, rounded tannins, with just enough acid in the very long finish. This is a truly great RWT!
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. September, 2015
96 Points James Halliday
17 months in French hogsheads (57% new). Excellent depth and hue to the colour; French oak is a point of difference, not simply for the sake of difference, but as part of the superstructure of a very complex wine. The tannins could trick you into believing it is cabernet, not shiraz, as does the crossover of blackberry and blackcurrant. Its chemical analysis does not point to above-average acidity, but here, too, there is an exclamation mark. This is a serious wine of the kind one might expect from the northern end of the Rhone Valley. Drink to 2043.
James Halliday Wine Companion.
95 Points Tyson Stelzer
2013 is a blockbuster vintage for RWT, a dry, warm season of lower yields and heightened concentration of black fruits and liquorice, confidently met by the prominent dark chocolate and vanilla custard mood of French oak and a towering wall of firm, fine tannins. Fruit, oak and tannins ascend in unison, maintaining balance and form, even in the wake of such monumental proportions. A showstopper RWT that makes no apologies and is guaranteed to turn heads. Matured for 17 months in 57% new French oak hogsheads. 15 October 2015 release. Drink 2028 - 2038.
Source: Tyson Stelzer.