Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia

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Item No. 103239
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • JH92
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Winemaker's Notes

The color is bright crimson with hints of dark purple due to its oak maturation and specific handling techniques. The fragrant aroma consists of violets, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape with strong varietal character typical of the 2008 Coonawarra vintage. Distinct blackberry/ blackcurrant (Cassis) flavors are the characteristic of a good Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon. Mulberry and blackberry are dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a young tight palate with silky grape tannin and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of the Penley Style. A wine that is closer to full bodied with more grape and oak tannins but still maintains beautiful balance.

Critical Acclaim

"Opaque ruby. A complex bouquet displays red berry preserves, cherry and spicecake, along with a peppery overtone. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and a subtle hint of candied flowers. Becomes tighter with air, emphasizing the red fruits and finishing with excellent clarity and lingering sweetness. This sexy wine is already delicious."
90 Points

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Stephen Bazzano - Vernon Rockville, CT (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/25/2012)
Style: Big & Bold
I paid 11.97 for this vintage in March 2012. What a deal! Wonderful nose of berries out of the bottle. Deep color and medium to full body. Very smooth and not acidic. Almost a fruit bomb but not quite. Smooth tannins. Will buy 2009 for sure.
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Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(2/22/2011)
Year after year this is my "go to" cab. When friends ask me to pick out a wine for them, I suggest the Phoenix. It has typical Australian suppleness and is sufficiently complex to be interesting all on its own. It is great complement to food.
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Rating:
(6/7/2011)
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Learn About Penley Estate Map ItMap It

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 Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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