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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Penley Estate Condor Shiraz Cabernet 2003
Penley Estate Condor Shiraz Cabernet 2003
(search item no. 86755)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $16.99

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
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
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright crimson with some amber and purple tints indicating oak maturation, bottle age and vintage character. The shiraz grape gives the wine ripe, sweet berry and a touch of pepper spice to the bouquet whilst the cabernet gives it depth of color, rich blackberry fruits and soft tannins. A full bodied style with accent on fruit and not harsh tannins.

A full bodied style with accent on fruit and not harsh tannins. The major accent is on complexity and finesse which will develop wonderful secondary characters over the next 5-7 years. Complexity is a combination of the two differing varieties, a range of different French oak used and the winemaking techniques employed during harvest. 50% new oak was used, both French and American which, like the two varieties will greatly change the complexity of the wine. This wine has fragrant ripe berries and some leather and chocolate, the palate has obvious tannins but the sweet soft fragrant fruit gives great balance.

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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.