Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia
The nose consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape. Mulberry and blackberry are the dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a tight palate with silky grape tannins and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hints of licorice and chocolate lingers on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "Vibrant deep crimson; a punchy and expressive cabernet bouquet with redcurrant, cassis, clove and olive on display; the palate is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and manages to create a long and even finish; designed for early consumption, but will stand the test of time in the medium term."
Penley Estate Winery
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. View all Penley Estate Wines
About CoonawarraView a map of Coonawarra wineries
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 coveted place to plant Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon in this small region.
Notable FactsCabernet Sauvignon is actually the grape of choice here. There is a good amount of Shiraz planted as well, and blends of the two are popular, but Cabernet grown in the Terra Rossa shows a sense of place, and the wines are in high demand. The wine is elegant in structure, with prominent acidity and firm tannins, but full of ripe fruit flavors typical of Australia's style.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.5 }div>3.4 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 1
- 4 Stars: 6
- 3 Stars: 4
- 2 Stars: 2
- 1 Stars: 1
14 ratings, 7 with reviewsAdam Z - Brooklyn, NY35/27/2014adamtip - Rochester, NY411/16/2013jimv32 - Lady Lake, FL28/14/2013Drinkable, but not worth the cost; there are many wines less expensive with more flavor and a smoother finish. Would not purchase again.Principessa Livia - Gloucester, MA36/12/2013
High tannin and acid. Possibly keeping it a while might mellow it out, but it's a little harsh at the moment.46/5/2013Four stars for a $20 wine. Stands up to most $30+ cabs. Get over the screw cap.M. Rooney - Linden, NJ44/1/2013
- Earthy & Spicy
This wine is an excellent value! I recommend it … you will be surprised and pleased!13/30/2013Wow. It comes in a cheap seamed bottle with a screw cap, and that might be the highlights. This wine is tannic and thinner than Twiggy in the sixties. I would never buy this again33/19/2013
- Smooth & Supple
- Earthy & Spicy
Australia has some very nice Cabs and this is one of them. They are known fro their Shiraz wines but people should start trying some of the cabs especially with the prices you can get them for.Love that wine - Mcallen, TX411/17/2012Ordered one wine, mistakenly received this. Glad I kept it. Have tried one bottle of six. Well worth the $$.roblbarb - Wellesley, MA311/6/2012Kent & Angie - Wentzville, MO410/27/2012abbadog - Concord, MA28/20/2012Lee Calhoon - Brentwood, CA57/23/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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