100% Shiraz from Coonawarra, South Australia.
SRP of $20 and available for as low as $14.99 Sample received courtesy Old Bridge Cellars for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"THE VISION: Penley Estate crafts super premium wines at our Coonawarra winery, from estate grown grapes.The 2008 Penley Estate Hyland Coonawarra Shiraz begins with pleasant aromas of plum, blackberry and some other dark fruits. The wine tastes super smooth and silky with great dark fruit flavors. This one has maybe just a pinch of spice but really not nearly as much as you'd expect from a typical Shiraz. The fruit flavors flow through to the medium finish.
THE NAME: Penley was born out of our family names of Penfold and Tolley, synonymous with 160 years of winemaking tradition. Distinguished by its grace and enormous stamina, the condor symbolizes Penley's determination, energy and quiet persistence towards winemaking excellence.
THE WINE: Ripe berry, with a rich mix of red and blackberry fruits, hint of pepper spice. Integrated and seamless oak. The style is medium to full bodied. Enjoy for 1 to 5 years.
THE COONAWARRA DISTRICT: Penley is situated in the heart of Coonawarra. Shallow terra rossa over limestone.
THE WINEMAKER: 'Experience was earnt, tradition was given, but my wines reflect what I feel,' Kym Tolley.
Without the punch of the signature Shiraz spice at the end this is a very accessible wine for even occasional wine drinkers, but if you're looking for something with a bit more of that Shiraz oomph try the 2008 Penley Estate Condor Coonawarra Cabernet/Shiraz blend. You should be able to please just about everyone between those two wines from Penley!
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Taste Rating: 8 Cost Rating: 5
Overall Rating: 7.3
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