Penley has four separate blocks of Shiraz, each was managed and assessed each vintage with the general view to improve Hyland, it became clear that Cottage block short rows were more consistent in quality. The grapes were smaller berried, tougher skinned and had more flavour than had been seen before. It was 2000 vintage with its low general cropping levels, cooler growing season that the first Special Select Shiraz would be produced. A wine that will age for 10 to 12 years depending on preference.
- SA - Coonawarra
- South Australia
Good red-purple; a complex medium-bodied wine with spice, earth, blackberry and plum fruit plus vanilla oak and fine tannins. Drink to 2016: Rating 93 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2009)
Winery Tasting Notes
Inky with a great depth of colour and a purple hue.
The nose is strongly fruit driven showing concentrated blackberry, mulberry and cassis characteristics. The aroma has a subtle smokey oak character and a touch of vanillin enhanced during its barrel fermentation. There is a fine balance of fruit, oak and richness.
The palate is opulent and concentrated. The wine shows elegancy but with great depth of fruit, tightly structured acid and fine silky tannins. Grape and
oak tannins are evident and add depth but they do not dominate the wine. Complexity of character, rich berry with firm dry tannins and smokey / cedary flavours linger on the finish and persist in the aftertaste. A great example of high quality Coonawarra Shiraz.
The oak is minimal but discernible. The small amount of wood tannin and fruit flavours will aid maturation if required. Best enjoyed for next 10 to 15 years.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal, Limestone Coast Wine Show 2010