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Penley Estate Condor Shiraz Cabernet 2009

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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 berries and some chocolate and savory smokey elements. The palate has a young but fine tannin structure, good mid palate richness and a sweet cedar menthol finish that will evolve with age.

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JH 91
Australian Wine Companion

It may be the Penley second label, but it marks a return to top form for Penley Estate. The bright red-purple colour is a good start to a 52%/48% blend of estate-grown fruit, underwriting a substantial medium- to full- bodied palate, with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, plentiful tannins and 36% new oak, all contributing to the length and balance of a wine with a minimum 7-year future.

RP 90
The Wine Advocate

Blended of 52% Shiraz and 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Condor Shiraz Cabernet presents a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of mint, cassis, warm blackberries and spice box over hints of chocolate and licorice. Full bodied, richly fruited and very minty in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins, crisp acid and a long finish.

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Penley Estate, , Australia
Penley Estate
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.

A picturesque Mediterranean nation with a rich wine culture dating back to ancient times, Greece has so much more to offer than just retsina. Between the mainland and the country’s many islands, a wealth of wine styles exist, made mostly from Greece’s plentiful indigenous varieties. Still suffering for centuries after Ottoman rule, the modern wine industry did not truly begin here until the late 20th century, after a mass influx of newly trained winemakers and investments in winemaking technology. The climate—generally hot Mediterranean—can vary a bit with latitude and elevation, and is often moderated by cool maritime breezes. Drought can be an issue during the long, dry summers, often necessitating irrigation.

Over 300 indigenous grapes have been identified throughout Greece, and though not all of them are suitable for wine production, future decades will likely see a significant revival of many of these native varieties. Assyrtiko, the crisp, saline variety of the island of Santorini, is one of the most important and popular white varieties, alongside Roditis, Robola, Moschofilero, and Malagousia. Muscat is also widely grown for both sweet and dry wines. Prominent red varieties include soft and fruity Agiorghitiko, native to Nemea; Macedonia’s savory, tannic Xinomavro; and Mavrodaphne, used commonly to produce a Port-like fortified wine in the Peloponnese.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

GZT4444615_2009 Item# 112519

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