Penley Estate Chertsey 2004

Bordeaux Red Blends from Coonawarra, Australia

Item No. 96703
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • ST92
  • WE91
  • RP90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.

The Chertsey name was born out of inspiration from the Tolley family (Penley Estate); it is the village in which the Tolley family lived in the United Kingdom. In Australia, it is the name of the house in which Kym's father grew up in Adelaide. This wine honors the family's winemaking heritage.

Winter rains and spring temperatures were average and resulted in a late budburst, followed by warm conditions that produced ideal flowering. A very cool but dry January delayed veraison and a wet March delayed completion of harvest well into May, however this long cool maturation produced intense flavors, aromatics and colors.

Critical Acclaim

"Ruby-red. Intense blackcurrant and cherry aromas, with an intriguingly musky underbrush and sassafras quality. Round, creamy and suave, with deep, sweet cherry, plum and dark berry flavors accented by cinnamon and clove. Subtle vanillin oak and mocha build on the long, sappy finish. Plenty big and rich but also lively thanks to vibrant minerality. Good luck finding this sort of power and elegance in Bordeaux at the same price these days."
92 Points

"A top blend, Penley’s 2004 Chertsey combines 60% Cab Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cab Franc to make a wine that’s Bordeaux in conception but strongly Australian in actuality. The Merlot adds a rich mocha component, while the predominant notes are of cassis, mint and chocolate, framed by plenty of French oak. It’s a bit warm on the finish, but balanced by crisp acidity—a satisfying steakhouse red to drink now–2015."
91 Points

"The 2004 Chertsey is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc. Saturated purple-colored, it delivers a perfume of smoky oak, pencil lead, earth, clove, black currants and blackberry. This leads to an intense, layered wine with tons of sweet fruit, well-integrated tannins, and a long finish. It has enough stuffing to evolve for 4-6 years and should drink well through 2020."
90 Points

Learn About Penley Estate Map ItMap It

Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families - the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title. Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of...

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Learn About Coonawarra

Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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