Penley Estate Shiraz 2018
- Textured, savoury
We all know that Penley Estate, one of Coonawarra’s finest, make great cabernet under their Estate Range. It’s the kind of red you want on the wine rack all year round because it over-delivers and gets better and better. Can the same be said for their shiraz? We think so, but you’ll have to try the wine and decide for yourself. Expect a firm palate with soft tannins, nestled in a medium-body of fruit and spice. There’s dark plums, bright cherries and spicy cloves, drinking well now and only getting better.
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Winemaker: Kate Goodman
Kate’s considered one of Australia’s best winemakers, and was snaffled up a few years back by Penley in what can only be described as a major coup for the winery. Kate made her name setting up Yarra winery Punt Rd, and wineries who can claim to have stained her hands include Wirra Wirra, Tim Knappstein and Seppelt. She’s aiming for “life and lightness” in her wine, respecting the quality of the fruit.
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Ang and Bec Tolley, owners of Penley Estate, take their attitude towards wine from their mother's wise words: "grow up and be fascinating." The family purchased a plot of land in Coonawarra in 1988 and won their first gold medal the following year and from there, the excellence just kept on coming. Ang & Bec were left to ponder the future of Penley Estate when brother Kym retired in 2015, but instead of selling up they decided to "revitalise, reinvigorate and refresh the wine," to do justice to their history – a "rich mix of endeavour, passion and vision with a touch of scandal and madness thrown in for good measure." Kate Goodman, considered one of Australia’s best winemakers, was snaffled up a few years back by Penley in what can only be described as a major coup for the winery. Kate made her name setting up Yarra winery Punt Rd, and wineries who can claim to have stained her hands include Wirra Wirra, Tim Knappstein and Seppelt. She’s aiming for “life and lightness” in her wine, respecting the quality of the fruit. Bring it on.
Coonawarra is renowned for its cabernet. To write off other varieties, though, would be simplistic. Some of the best wine from the region is shiraz, which is frequently overlooked in the search for the perfect cab sav. It's riesling is a surprise dark horse, too. Not to belittle Coonawarra cab either, but it's funny how often we get caught insisting that one variety is the best expression of a specific place, grown in a variable environment with so many factors at play. All we're saying is: don't miss the great wines that aren't the usual suspects. Coonawarra has quite a few amazing hands other than their trump card.