VINTAGE NOTES: The 2019/20 growing season provided challenges throughout, displaying compression of season, extremes of temperature and then a global pandemic at the time of harvest. In spite of this, quality of fruit was excellent and as an initial indicator as to why, the general “pattern” of the season’s weather can be observed as following a normal trend for Coonawarra. Regardless of some variability in bunch numbers and fruit weight, the season overall resulted in good vine balance and the fruit looked fantastic throughout.
TASTING NOTES: The notes shows a complex bouquet of black fruits and varietal herbs. Blood plum, blackcurrant, anise and fresh thyme with a glimpse of purple flowers. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy core of ripe fruit flavors. Integrated French oak notes complement the seamless powdery tannins giving rise to a long a satisfying palate. CRITICAL ACCLAIM: 92 pts JamesSuckling.com, 92 pts Halliday Wine Companion
ABOUT PENLEY: Penley Estate is located in the heart of one of Australia’s greatest Cabernet wine regions: Coonawarra. Established in 1988 by the direct descendants of the pioneering Penfold and Tolley winemaking families, Coonawarra’s famed Terra Rossa soils were selected for their ability to produce terroir-driven wines of true regional character. The Estate is now widely regarded as one of the region’s leading producers.
"Elegant, showing appealing, firm earthy notes to the star anise, green cardamom and cigar box spiciness, with a touch of Dutch cocoa powder. Reveals spiced plum, cassis and kirsch flavors that are plump and velvety, with a long finish.” - Wine Spectator July 13, 2022
“This is a bright, youthful cabernet with aromas of plums, redcurrants, tobacco and earth. Picked early for freshness. Medium-bodied with little oak impact, a red-plum core and a juicy, drinkable feel. - October 6, 2021
"Penley Estate is one of the finest Coonawarra producers, fashioning wines of greater richness, nuance and aging potential than most of their peers."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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