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.
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Aromas consist of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berries and integrated spice notes. Mulberry and blackberry characters drive the palate and are enhanced by a young tight tannins and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of the Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hint of... more
Dark crimson in color with a rich red hue. The aroma is varietal with vibrant blueberry / raspberry fruit, with complex mocha nuances and subtle but well integrated smokey oak. The flavor is rich displaying strong varietal fruit flavours and silky smooth tannins. The restrained oak compliments the... more
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This Chardonnay has been made to be crisp with fresh fruit characters and soft oak that will allow some maturation if required. The color is medium yellow with touches of grapey green. The aroma is emphasized by melon and fresh citrus fruits with a hint of soft French oak. The flavors are smooth... more
The Condor highlights the great Coonawarra color created during its cool and slow ripening phase. The wine is best described as medium to full bodied, rich ripe flavors and a soft tannic finish are all key elements to all Penley wines. All of the fruit, which is grown on the Estate, are subject to... more
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... more
Balance is a key feature in all Penley Wines, ensuring successful bottle maturation. 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. Characters of ripe berry and hints of... more
Aromas of ripe, dark mulberries, cassis and earth with a touch of Coonawarra mint, followed by a dense palate of medium to full body. Black cherry, mocha and cedar notes dominate with wonderfully fine yet supportive tannins. This wine will gain further complexity with time in the bottle. more
This Chardonnay has been made to be crisp with fresh fruit characters and soft oak that
will allow some maturation if required. The color is medium yellow with touches of grapey
green. The aroma is emphasized by melon and fresh citrus fruits with a hint of soft French
oak. The flavors are smooth... more
This vintage has sweet berry and black cherry notes with a touch of mocha spice to the
bouquet and complex vanillin oak with some smokey overtones. The major accent is on
complexity and finesse which will develop wonderful secondary characters over the next
5-7 years. This wine has fragrant ripe... more
The Phoenix name recognizes the first winemaking company purchased by Douglas Tolley in
South Australia in 1888, the 'The Phoenix Winemaking and Distilling Company.' The nose
consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet
grape. Mulberry and... more
Deep ruby red in color with a bright hue. The bouquet is rich and complex with hints of violets, plums, a touch of spice and savory fruitcake elements. The French oak is restrained and well integrated. Medium-bodied with a strong mid palate of mulberry and savory forest underbrush flavors. The... more
Deep red in color with a faint purple hue. Fresh black cherry and blueberries are evident on the nose, with nuances of smoke, vanillin, mocha and chocolate. The youthful palate has a tight structure with good natural acidity. Still, even at this young age the palate is quite fleshy, with a diverse... more