This classic Australian red wine captures and enhances the distinctive characters of Coonawarra. These characters are highlighted by berry tones with a great length and depth of flavour. The complex characters of this wine show intensity and layered depth. To achieve this style it is important to have harmony between fruit intensity, oak tannin, grape tannin and acid. Objective for the Penley style is harmony and balance.
- SA - Coonawarra
- South Australia
Medium red-purple; a very well constructed and balanced wine, open-fermented and hand-plunged, then taken to barrel to complete the last stages of the primary fermentation before spending a further two years in barrel. This method means the complete integration of the oak with the fruit and ensures soft tannins.Drink to 2018: Rating 94 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
The colour has great depth, almost opaque with purple tints.
The aroma is so typical of Coonawarra Cabernet. Complex, fresh with black currant leaf notes, touch of mulberry and blackberry fruits interwoven with hints of wild berries and violets. The oak is quite prominent displaying some dusty and vanillin characters on the nose which over time will integrate into the wine thereby adding further complexity to the nose.
A very full bodied and luscious wine, whilst still young is showing strong juicy like tannins which will become more silky and velvety with time and evolve as the wine ages The wine has a striking berry character with richness of fruit, strong vanillin and smokey influences from the fine grained French oak which add length
and depth to the finish. A wine from a great vintage due to the ideal weather, average yields and trouble free harvest.
While it is difficult to recommend maturation periods, this wine with its palate balance and finely tuned tannins, will allow a minimum of 10-15 years to achieve
its full potential.
Medals & Trophies
Bronze Medal, Limestone Coast 2010