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Date Printed: 4/18/2015
Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2006
Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2006
(search item no. 96705)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2015: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Gryphon Merlot expresses distinctive Coonawarra fruit with its luscious aromas, rich palate and refined, silky tannin structure. This medium bodied Merlot is loaded with regional personality and amazing finesse. The bouquet is complex with spicy berry and floral notes integrated with hints of smoky vanilla oak. On the palate, rich red berry flavors are framed by velvety tannins. Drink now or cellar further to garner additional complexity.
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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.