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Penley Estate Chertsey 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

A rich, opulent wine with ripe blackberry and mulberry aromas and underlying smoky, savory elements. The powerful palate offers dark berries, black olives and notes of vanilla, with dark chocolate and tobacco on the persistent finish.

The Chertsey name has been an integral part of the Tolley family for centuries. Not only is it the name of the UK village that the Tolley family inhabited in the 1800's, it was also bestowed upon the Tolley family home on migrating to Australia. Thus Kym's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all inhabited the Chertsey home in Adelaide, South Australia, as they were paving the way for Kym's success in winemaking. This wine honours the tradition and heritage of the Tolley winemaking family.

Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon (57%), Merlot (28%), Cabernet Franc (15%)

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
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WE 91
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Penley Estate

Penley Estate

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Penley Estate, Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia
2005 Chertsey
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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Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

OBCP05CT_2005 Item# 96702

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