The name Penley Estate comes from the amalgamation of two pioneering South Australian wine families, the Penfold’s and Tolley’s. And born of a dream of three siblings in 1988. Today the estate is owned by sisters Ang & Bec Tolley, and like their ancestors they are strong, resilient and determined women.
Their history is a rich mix of endeavour, passion and vision with a touch of scandal and madness thrown in for good measure.
The region of Coonawarra is a 16km strip comprising of iron and nutrient rich soil famously called terra rossa, and has become one of the most renowned terroir soils in the world.
Known in particular for its Cabernet, the wines of Coonawarra show classic cassis and blackberry flavours with enhanced characteristics of spice, aromatics and minerality derived from the soil due to its good fertility and drainage. Maturing the wine in French oak, winemakers, Kate Goodman and Matt Tilby are committed to creating contemporary Coonawarra varietal wines.
Grape Varieties: 100% Shiraz
Farming Practices: Sustainable & Suitable for Vegetarian / Vegans
Tasting Notes: Dark plum red in colour. Ripe black and red fruits dominate the nose with notes of mulberries, plums, raspberries and blackberries. Cool climate spice notes of black pepper pop through the dense fruit, with a smattering of exotic cinnamon and star anise.
Creamy oak notes underpinned the concentrated fruit adding an extra layer of complexity. The palate is medium bodied with great length and intensity. Structured, fine tannins build the palate which finishes bright and fresh.
Awards: James Halliday 92 pts - "Aged across a combination of new and used French (80%) and American oak, this mid-weighted wine boasts blue and black fruits, a skein of peppery acidity, deli smoked meats and sinewy, mid-range tannins, far less bracing than those exhibited by the Cabernets of the range. This wine plays the herbal card well, without straying into excess or hardness".
Robert Parker - 90 Points
Gold Medal China Wine & Spirits
Sugar Level: 0.34g/l
Closure: Screw Cap
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