About the Wine
Penley Estate is located in the center of Australia's most famous Cabernet region: Coonawarra. Continuing a family tradition that spans five generations, the winery was established in 1988 when the Tolley children continued the winemaking heritage of their pioneering families, Penfold and Tolley, both storied names in the Australian wine industry. In 1844, Mary Penfold defied stereotypes and was the driving force behind the establishment of McGill Estate. Similarly, from 1948-1961, Gladys Penfold Hyland was Penfold's Chairman of the Board. Their descendants, sisters Bec and Ang Tolley run Penley Estate, proudly channeling the vim and might of their ancestors!
Penley Estate's 240 acres of vineyards were planted atop Coonawarra's "Terra Rossa" soils with the aim of producing terroir-driven wines with distinctive regional character and are now regarded as one of the region's leading Cabernet and Shiraz producers.
Kate Goodman is the mind behind Penley’s wines. She’s one of Australia's best contemporary winemakers, and in 2018 all her hard work was recognized by Australian Women in Wine awards when they named her “Winemaker of the year”
Her expertise includes some of the most emblematic Aussie wineries like Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale, Tim Kanppstein in Clare Valley, Seppelt in Great Western, and Punt Road in Yarra Valley, among others.
Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark, fragrant aromas of blood plum, blackcurrant, and anise will draw you into this contemporary expression of Coonawarra cabernet. It's a complex and thought-provoking wine, medium-bodied with layers of cassis, dark chocolate, and toasty French oak. The savory tannins provide a good line and length and there's a great persistence and depth of flavor, with the vibrancy of the fruit giving the wine real energy and lift. Enjoy it now, or cellar for a few years to be rewarded as the flavors evolve further.
A conventionally styled cabernet with complex aromas of dark berries and herbs, as well as olives and forest wood. The palate has bright blueberry and plum flavors, served up with a composed, groomed style. Drink over the next eight years. Screw cap. ~93 James Suckling
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