Penley Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
The color has great depth, almost opaque with purple tints. The aroma is so typical
of Coonawarra Cabernet. Complex, fresh with black currant leaf notes, touch of mulberry and
blackberry fruits interwoven with hints of wild berries and violets. The oak is quite prominent
displaying some dusty and vanillin characters on the nose which over time will integrate into the
wine thereby adding further complexity to the nose. A very full bodied and luscious wine,
whilst still young is showing strong juicy like tannins which will become more silky and velvety
with time and evolve as the wine ages The wine has a striking berry character with richness of
fruit, strong vanillin and smokey influences from the fine grained French oak which add length
and depth to the finish. A wine from a great vintage due to the ideal weather, average yields
and trouble free harvest.
"Medium red-purple; a very well constructed and balanced wine, open-fermented and hand-plunged, then taken to barrel to complete the last stages of the primary fermentation before spending a further two years in barrel. This method means the complete integration of the oak with the fruit and ensures soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion
"Saturated ruby. Bordeaux-like aromas of redcurrant, cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and tobacco, lifted by a floral nuance. Concentrated, dense and energetic, with tightly wound red fruit flavors and firm underlying structure. Finishes spicy, long and gently tannic, with captivating notes of bitter cherry and minerals. Shows classic cabernet character, as well as the balance to age."
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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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(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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