Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2006

Merlot from Coonawarra, Australia

$20.00 $16.79
Save $3.21
Item No. 96705
  • red wine
  • ST91
  • RP90
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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.

Critical Acclaim

"Ruby-red. Exotically perfumed nose displays sexy raspberry, blackberry, Asian spice and incense scents. Juicy red berry and cherry flavors are complemented by subtle mocha and succulent herb notes, with silky tannins adding shape. Finishes with outstanding energy and clinging red fruit character. This is already delicious, and delivers impressive depth and clarity for the price, especially for this often disappointing variety."
91 Points

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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...

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Learn About Coonawarra

Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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