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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Penley Estate Condor Shiraz Cabernet 1996
Penley Estate Condor Shiraz Cabernet 1996
(search item no. 29932)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The colour is bright crimson with some amber tints indicating oak maturation and some bottle age. The nose is quite distinctive and commanding as it has a strong berry-like aroma. The principal flavour of berry-like Shiraz but hints of black pepper, with a rich but distinct oak. The length of flavour shows strong, rich berry and cassis Cabernet Sauvignon character. The blend of complex flavours is the feature of this wine. Due to the nature of the vintage with its concentration of flavour and berryness, The blend of area and varieties was modified (on previous vintages) to produce the best wine from available fruit.

Alcohol: 13% by volume

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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.