Penny's Hill Chardonnay 2008 (12 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

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In the near-perfect vintage conditions in McLaren Vale in 2008, all white varieties displayed strong varietal character and crisp acidity. This wine, our tenth Chardonnay release, shows luscious fresh tropical fruit, fine acidity, and with subtle use of oak, further establishes the Penny’s Hill Chardonnay reputation.

SA - McLaren Vale
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


Pale straw and gold.


Tropical fruits and fresh peaches.


Subtle use of oak provides an underlay of creaminess and texture for this well-balanced wine. Note too a fine, juicy middle palate and a lingering finish.

Cellaring Potential

Ready to drink now, but will cellar well for a good 6 years or more.

Winemaking Note

Destemmed, the grapes went straight to press, with minimal skin contact after which the free-run and pressings underwent cool fermentation separately. Left to settle clear in stainless steel tanks, a small portion (20%) wasfermented in 2 year old French barriques for 5 months. Ferment complete, the wine was settled out and the juice blended, prior to bottling on 21st July 2008.

SA - McLaren Vale
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Winery Profile

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In 1988, after several years searching either for a suitable vineyard, or for land upon which to plant vines, Tony and Susie Parkinson acquired a 32ha (80 acre) piece of land on the foothills east of McLaren Vale. The property was named Penny's Hill Vineyard, after the hill at the foot of which it sits. The establishment of infrastructure such as bores for irrigation, and the building of sheds and an all-new house, occurred hand in hand with sheep gently grazing, until vines were first planted in 1991.

An initial layout of 2ha (5 acres) with narrower than usual row widths set in place the Penny's Hill viticultural model which between 1991 and 1996 was expanded to 18.4ha (45.5 acres). An additional vineyard of 15ha (37 acres) named Malpas Road Vineyard near Willunga, was purchased in 1993. In 1996, on land adjacent Malpas Road, the Goss Corner Vineyard was established on 10.5ha (26 acres) bringing the total vineyard area to 44ha (108.5 acres).

As quality Shiraz fruit emerged from the new vineyard, Tony Parkinson set about establishing the brand with distinctive 'red dot' packaging and the slogan, 'Proudly Australian. More so McLaren Vale'. During 1997, Penny's Hill 1995 Vintage Shiraz first appeared in the market. Derived from the strong visual presence of 'sold' stickers applied to works in commercial galleries, the 'red dot' is now very much established, not only as the brand's trademark but as a means of visually linking all aspects of the business.

Since the outset, Penny's Hill Vineyards have been tended by viticulturists, David Paxton and Toby Bekkers, with all wines the work of Ben Riggs, a prominent and passionate McLaren Vale winemaker.

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