The value and quality of Coonawarra was first recognised by D. A. Tolley who supplied oak barrels and equipment to the district as early as 1908, gaining access to the wines of Coonawarra. To quote from early Tolley records: “The Coonawarra wines were distinctly different from Hope Valley (Tolley home vineyard site near Adelaide). They were dark purple in colour and they had characteristic aroma whilst fermenting.” Nothing has changed!
- SA - Coonawarra
- South Australia
Vibrant deep crimson; a punchy and expressive cabernet bouquet with redcurrant, cassis, clove and olive on display; the palate is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and manages to create a long and even finish; designed for early consumption, but will stand the test of time in the medium term.
Rating 93 - Drink by 2020 - Ben Edwards, James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (JAN/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
The colour is bright crimson with hints of dark purple due to its oak maturation and specific handling techniques.
The fragrant aroma consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape. Complex and well integrated oak characters are evident on the bouquet.
Mulberry and blackberry are dominant fruit flavours enhanced by a young tight palate with silky grape tannin and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of the Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hint of liquorice and chocolate that lingers on the finish. A wine that is closer to full bodied with more grape and oak tannins but still maintains beautiful balance.