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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Penley Estate Hyland Shiraz 1999
Penley Estate Hyland Shiraz 1999
(search item no. 50382)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is crimson, but will develop some amber tints from its oak maturation and later bottle age. The aroma is varietal with a complex of berry ripeness with huge intensity reflecting the vintage conditions. Strong lifted aromas of variety and oak. The flavor is rich and fruity. A soft and rich middle palate with oak tannin on the finish to balance the intensity of 1999 flavors. The 1999 is a full style but does show a lot more fruit and body weight on the palate than earlier vintages.

This wine shows dominance of fruit with hints of smoky oak and grape tannin. A wine made to enjoy while the young distinct but elegant Coonawarra Shiraz characters are evident - berry and hints of black peppers. The oak is minimal but discernible so the small amount of wood tannin and fruit flavors will aid maturation.

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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.