Penley Estate was born from the marriage of two families, the Penfolds and the Tolleys, two of the great pioneering South Australian wine dynasties. Established in the mid 1980s from a few acres on vines planted in Coonawarra, the estate shot to prominence in 1989 when the Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon won Gold at the prestigious Adelaide Wine Show.
Today, the estate has grown significantly in size and includes a state of the art winery surrounded by 200 acres of vines. It remains in the family, being owned and run sisters: Ang & Bec Tolley who represent the 5th generation. In tandem with winemaker Kate Goodman they have set about revitalising the estate and creating a new style of Coonawarra wines , with a softer, more elegant touch than is sometime associated with the region. Today Penley estate has reestablished itself as the most exciting and progressive winery in Coonawarra.
Penley are returning to a more traditional methods of viticulture, with much of the work such as pruning now being carried out by hand to allow for maximum precision. A specific irrigation and frost management programme has been put in place alongside a soil cultivation and moisture retention intiative to promote micobial life in the vineyards.
Following separate fermentations in tank, the wine is aged in French oak for 12 months, which 50% is new, then followed by 6 months in stainless steel.
Grape: 100% Shiraz
Tasting Note: Brooding dark fruits and earthy ferrous notes lifted with spice. This is a well structured and intensely flavoured Shiraz. Star anise, berry compote, leather and chocolate intertwine. The minerally tannins drive the palate which is long and supported by savoury french oak notes. Rich dark and dense.
Food Match: Ideal with pasta Amatriciana and roast beef in a pepper sauce.