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Penley Estate Chertsey 2006

Bordeaux Red Blends from Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia
  • JH94
  • RP91
  • WS91
15% ABV
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  • WE91
  • WE91
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Winemaker Notes

A very complex and intense aroma, quite fresh and vibrant highlighting the characteristics of the 3 grape varieties, violets and spice from the Merlot, cherry/savory aromas from the Cabernet Franc and berry/earthy elements from the Cabernet Sauvignon. A very attractive wine and a true reflection of balance, elegance and power.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
Bright colour; the promise of the fragrant red and black fruits on the bouquet comes to fruition in the mouth, juicy cassis fruit running through the long palate; high quality cork. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Chertsey Cabernet Blend is made up of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc with the wine aged for 24 months in new French oak. Purple in color with an expressive nose of toasty oak, pencil lead, black coffee, black currant, and blackberry, on the palate this full-bodied wine reveals complexity and excellent balance. Bordeaux-like, elegant, and poised, it will continue to improve over the next 4-6 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2026.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Supple, generous and complete, this harmonious wine plays its cherry, mint, cedar and spice flavors against a plush texture that has open, airy feel. This has character and finesse. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2014. 100 cases imported.
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Penley Estate

Penley Estate

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Penley Estate, Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia
2006 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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Distinguished by a thin, subterranean band of crumbled, red, clay loam, Coonawarra is a fairly flat, otherwise unobtrusive region with a cool Mediterranean climate, actually not unsimilar to Bordeaux.

In Coonawarra, this unique layer of clay is called, "terra rossa" and gets its color from iron oxide. The terra rossa soil overlies soft, penetrable limestone, in a continuous area that is part of the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia. This uncommon layering of soils creates a substrate that is both well draining and at the same time, offers good water retention to support vines’ roots through dry summers.

Not surprisingly, Coonawara experiences great success with the Bordeaux varieties, namely Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but also Shiraz. However Cabernet reigns superior and accounts for half of the Coonawarra harvest each year. Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignons develop powerful, yet polished tannins, and achieve ripeness without verging into imbalance. Typical of these unique reds are ripe red berry fruits with cassis, sweet herb and dried mint. The region has an increased focus on the individual expressions of single vineyard wines.

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.

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