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Date Printed: 7/13/2014
Penley Estate Condor Shiraz Cabernet 2008
Penley Estate Condor Shiraz Cabernet 2008
(search item no. 105935)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opaque in color with some purple tints. The Shiraz grape gives the wine ripe, sweet berry and black cherry notes with a touch of pepper spice to the bouquet, whilst the Cabernet gives it depth of color, rich blackberry fruits and soft 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 and American oak used and the winemaking techniques employed during harvest. This wine has fragrant ripe berries and some chocolate and savory smokey elements. The palate has a young but fine tannin structure that will evolve with age and is infused with layers of sweet soft fragrant berry fruits which provide great balance.

80 % Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

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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.