Penley Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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%.
Aromas of ripe, dark mulberries, cassis and earth with a touch of Coonawarra mint, followed by a dense palate of medium to full body. Black cherry, mocha and cedar notes dominate with wonderfully fine yet supportive tannins. This wine will gain further complexity with time in the bottle.
"From Kym Tolley's estate on Coonawarra’s narrow band of terra rossa soil, this is a cabernet with clean lines and earthy refinement. The fruit is ripe, in a black cherry and blueberry mode; the alcohol is not shy. But the wine feels finely tailored, a style Tolley picked up, perhaps, from his earlier career at Penfolds."
International Wine Cellar
"From Kym Tolley's estate on Coonawarra's narrow band of terra rossa soil, this is a cabernet with clean lines and earthy refinement. The fruit is ripe, in a black cherry and blueberry mode; the alcohol is not shy. But the wine feels finely tailored, a style Tolley picked up, perhaps, from his earlier career at Penfolds."
Wine & Spirits
"Deep garnet; a dark personality filled with mocha, cassis and a brambly complexity; the palate is dense and chewy, dark and a little bitter, with the structure sitting atop the fruit; time should see this resolved."
Australian Wine Companion
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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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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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