Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

#69 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2020

A complex bouquet, layered with dark fruits at its core. Hints of plum, blackberry and star anise with a dusting of dark chocolate. The palate is intense and long supported by generous savory tannins that coat the mouth. A delicious contemporary Cabernet.

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Tannin hounds rejoice, this quintessential Aussie Cab is awash with plump currant and plum fruit, with bay leaf, olive, tobacco and eucalyptus tones all cinched by muscular, leathery tannins. It’s a powerful but balanced wine crying out for a slab of rare steak. Drink now–2035.
JS 91
James Suckling

Firm, with concentrated, savory details of loam and toasted herbs adding terrific bass notes to the dense and muscular body of cassis, wild blackberry and plum flavors. Black tea, pepper and spice details linger on the finish. Drink now through 2035.

WS 91
Wine Spectator

Firm, with savory details of loam and toasted herbs adding bass notes to the dense and muscular body of cassis, wild blackberry and plum flavors. Black tea, pepper and spice details linger on the finish. Drink now through 2035.

RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as slightly herbal and minty but with plenty of underlying black cherry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with a nice grainy texture on the palate and a gently dusty finish. It should drink well for 5-7 years, perhaps longer.

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Penley Estate is located in the center of Australia's most famous Cabernet region: Coonawarra. Continuing a family tradition that spans five generations, the winery was established in 1988 when the Tolley children continued the winemaking heritage of their pioneering families, Penfold and Tolley, both storied names in the Australian wine industry. In 1844, Mary Penfold defied stereotypes and was the driving force behind the establishment of McGill Estate. Similarly, from 1948-1961, Gladys Penfold Hyland was Penfold's Chairman of the Board. Their descendants, sisters Bec and Ang Tolley, run Penley Estate, proudly channeling the vim and might of their ancestors. Penley Estate's 240 acres of vineyards were planted atop Coonawarra's "terra rossa" soils with the aim of producing terroir-driven wines with distinctive regional character, and is now regarded as one of the region's leading Cabernet and Shiraz producers

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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 dissimilar to Bordeaux.

In Coonawarra, this unique layer of red 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 vine 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 Sauvignon develops powerful, yet polished tannins, ripe, red berry fruit and often sweet herb or dried mint qualities. The region has an increased focus on the individual expressions of single vineyards.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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