Penley Estate Chertsey 2004
Bordeaux Red Blends from Coonawarra, Australia
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.
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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."
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Penley Estate Winery
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 Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra rossa" soils – bright red top-soils overlaying soft free-draining limestone.
Critically acclaimed as one of Coonawarra's leading estates, and voted as one of the International Wineries of the Year 2001 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, while the Reserve Cabernet voted best wine of Coonawarra 2001, as judged by winemaking peers and critics.
The Penley Estate signature style comprises distinct, precise, terrior driven wines – not overly oaked or excessively alcoholic. They display ripe clean fruit with true regional character – the senior wines will age for many years. View all Penley Estate Wines
About CoonawarraView a map of Coonawarra wineries
Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is quite flat, except for the vineyards, which are slightly elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and frequent cloud cover, 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 earth. It is the coveted place to plant Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon in this small region.
Notable FactsCabernet Sauvignon is the grape of choice here. There is a good amount of Shiraz planted as well, and blends of the two are popular. Cabernet grown in the Terra Rossa shows a sense of place, and the wines are in high demand. The wine is elegant in structure, with prominent acidity and firm tannins, while being full of ripe fruit flavors typical of Australia's style.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.