Penley Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia
The color is bright with deep crimson and some purple tints. The aroma has a striking berry character with richness of fruit due to the ideal weather, average yields and late harvest. This is added together with strong smoky oak tones, which highlight the intense nature of the Penley style. The desired level of sugar and flavor was reached. The palate is rich with sweet berry flavors and strong oak and grape tannins, to balance and meld with this years strong flavors. The key elements in this wine are its rich varietal flavors, choice of oak types, finely tuned acid and astringency. The use of 20% American and 80% French Troncais oaks add depth and complexity. It spent 24 months in this oak (98%being new) this is a key to the integration and development. Bottled July 2006. A complex wine that shows a deep and ripe palate . Flavor depth and length dominates they style this year. Best defined as medium to full bodied from a great year.
Wine Enthusiast - "Penley's Reserve Cabernet sees 100% new French oak, but handles it well, blending coffee and brown sugar elements with fruitier notes of plum and a hint of mint. It's full-bodied and lushly textured, with smoky, cedary oak wrapped around a core of dark fruit. Drink now–2016. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. A saturated purple color, it presents an aromatic array of pain grille, graphite, espresso, black currant, and blackberry. While full-bodied, it shows some elegance and restraint. It has plenty of fine-grained tannin to complement the fruit and will continue to blossom over the next 4 years. Drink it from 2012 to 2021. "
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Pungent cherry-cola, licorice and chocolate on the nose, plus a zesty note of cracked pepper. Sweet, smooth and full, with deep dark berry preserve, cherry and chocolate flavors complemented by a hint of dried herbs and a sweet cola note. Finishes with fine, dusty tannins and lingering spiciness."
Wine & Spirits - "Black and constricted around its meaty scents of game, this takes time to reveal its cassis-like fruit. Mouthwatering acidity lengthens the earthy tannin. For wintry roasts."
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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.