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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2009
Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2009
(search item no. 111294)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red in color with a bright hue. The bouquet is rich and complex with hints of violets, plums, a touch of spice and savory fruitcake elements. The French oak is restrained and well integrated. Medium-bodied with a strong mid palate of mulberry and savory forest underbrush flavors. The texture is soft with integrated smoky vanilla French oak, finishing with a refined smooth tannin structure.
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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.