Penley Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia

Item No. 96704
  • red wine
  • RP93
  • W&S93
  • WS92
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.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2010
  • JH94
  • WS92
  • ST91
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon captures the distinctive fruit characters of a powerful, yet elegant, Coonawarra Cabernet. The nose expresses a striking, dark berry richness with abundant notes of cherry, black currant, spice, and smoky oak. On the rich, muscular palate, layers of cassis, smoke and chocolate harmonize with supple tannin and acidity. This wine will gain further complexity with time in the bottle.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve delivers aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, mineral, black currant, and blackberry jam. Full-flavored, savory, and plush on the palate, this impressive effort has enough stuffing to evolve for several more years. It will be at its best from 2011 to 2022."
93 Points

"Classic Coonawarra cabernet grown along the region's narrow strip of terra rossa soil, this wine has light behind its currant flavors, driving them with floral power. There's intensity rather than thickness to the tannins, a tight, impacted structure that will hold it for years. As it evolves, the cedar and mushroom scents will develop to complement rack of lamb."
93 Points

"A generous red, showing real transparency to the cherry, currant and delicate sage, white pepper and cream notes flitting through as the fruit lingers elegantly. A seamless wine that's built to last. Drink now through 2015. "
92 Points

"Inky ruby. Spicy red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by smoky minerals, baking spices and cured tobacco. Primary red fruit flavors are pure and concentrated, with impressive mineral bite and silky tannins. A fresh, impressively delineated wine that finishes with outstanding persistence, leaving traces of cherry pit and sweet tobacco behind."
92 Points

"Full-bodied, with supple tannins and layers of dark fruits; has good line and length, but does show some heat from the 15% alcohol."
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 Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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