Penley Estate Chertsey 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends from Coonawarra, Australia
A very complex and intense aroma, quite fresh and vibrant highlighting the characteristics of the 3 grape varieties, violets and spice from the Merlot, cherry/savory aromas from the Cabernet Franc and berry/earthy elements from the Cabernet Sauvignon. A very attractive wine and a true reflection of balance, elegance and power.
Australian Wine Companion - "Bright colour; the promise of the fragrant red and black fruits on the bouquet comes to fruition in the mouth, juicy cassis fruit running through the long palate; high quality cork. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc."
International Wine Cellar - "Glass-staining purple. Blackcurrant, cherry-vanilla, cocoa, potpourri and tobacco on the nose. Velvety, layered and plush, with a seamless texture to the full-bodied flavors of oak-spiced cherry and dark berries. The fruit overwhelms the oak notes on the finish, which is broad, sweet and extremely long. Very sexy, and balanced to age."
Wine Spectator - "Supple, generous and complete, this harmonious wine plays its cherry, mint, cedar and spice flavors against a plush texture that has open, airy feel. This has character and finesse. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2014. 100 cases imported. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Chertsey Cabernet Blend is made up of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc with the wine aged for 24 months in new French oak. Purple in color with an expressive nose of toasty oak, pencil lead, black coffee, black currant, and blackberry, on the palate this full-bodied wine reveals complexity and excellent balance. Bordeaux-like, elegant, and poised, it will continue to improve over the next 4-6 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2026. "
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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 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 coveted place to plant Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon in this small region.
Notable FactsCabernet Sauvignon is actually the grape of choice here. There is a good amount of Shiraz planted as well, and blends of the two are popular, but 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, but 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.
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