Penley Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia

Item No. 90234
  • red wine
  • JH93
  • RP92
  • ST92
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.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2010
  • JH94
  • WS92
  • ST91
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Winemaker's Notes

The color is bright with deep crimson and some amber tints. The aroma has a striking berry character with richness of fruit due to a hot summer, low yields and a cool, dry harvest. This, along with strong smoky oak tones, highlights the intense nature of the Penley style. The palate has rich, sweet berry flavors and strong oak and grape tannins to balance and integrate this year's strong flavors. A complex wine that shows a deep and rich palate while reflecting again the vintage conditions.

Critical Acclaim

"Medium-bodied; clearly delineated cabernet sauvignon; a gentle mix of blackcurrant, earth and cassis with seamless tannins and oak; not quite enough concentration notwithstanding its alcohol."
93 Points

"The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was aged in 100% new oak, 80% French and 20% American. It has a splendid aromatic array of toast, spice box, pencil lead, licorice, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied, opulent, layered Cabernet with well-integrated tannins, and a long, pure finish. It will continue to evolve with 3-4 years in the cellar and drink well through 2024."
92 Points

"Dense ruby. Powerful, deeply scented bouquet of blackberry, cassis, plum compote and dark chocolate; a bit youthfully brooding today. Fat and supple, with concentrated dark berry and cherry flavors and an array of pungent herbs and dusty minerals. There's terrific sweetness and sappy texture here: this is clearly built for positive evolution over the coming decade. Reminds me of a high-end Bordeaux on the sweet, expansive, impressively long finish. Serious stuff!"
92 Points

"A big, powerful wine, but one that also manages to convey a sense of elegance, Penley’s 2004 Reserve Cabernet is plummy-ripe, with chocolaty overtones and lashings of smoky oak. Yet the tanins are supple, imparting a creamy texture to this large-scaled wine. A crisp, slightly herbal note on the finish helps lighten the overall impression. Drink now–2020. "
91 Points

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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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