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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Penley Estate Chertsey 2004
Penley Estate Chertsey 2004
(search item no. 96703)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.

The Chertsey name was born out of inspiration from the Tolley family (Penley Estate); it is the village in which the Tolley family lived in the United Kingdom. In Australia, it is the name of the house in which Kym's father grew up in Adelaide. This wine honors the family's winemaking heritage.

Winter rains and spring temperatures were average and resulted in a late budburst, followed by warm conditions that produced ideal flowering. A very cool but dry January delayed veraison and a wet March delayed completion of harvest well into May, however this long cool maturation produced intense flavors, aromatics and colors.

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About Penley Estate:

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.