This wine was born when Kate Goodman of Penley Estate decided that their special block of grapes deserved its own standing. It showcases the vineyard block’s special bold silkiness, distinctive Mint Slice character, along with all the black cherries, plums and earthy graphite character you could ask for. Coonawarra makes a great shiraz, that’s more about such flinty structure and dark-fruited finesse - not so shouty as the Barossa or brassy as the Vale. We’ve maintained that Coonawarra shiraz is at least as good as its cabernet, and here’s a case-in-point. This fresh release is made to showcase its singular character, with less oak and a more approachable nature. Very high quality, very high quaffability.
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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. And, man, how she’s delivered!
Full price $50.00 from the winery on 18 September 2018.
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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.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
- 3 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh coriander leaves
- 1 avocado, peeled, mashed
- 2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
- 400g beef rump steak, thinly sliced
- 40g packet fajita seasoning
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 brown onions, thinly sliced
- 1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
- 8 large flour tortillas
- Lemon wedges, to serve
- Combine tomato and coriander in a bowl. Combine avocado and 2 teaspoons lime juice in a separate bowl.
- Combine steak, seasoning and 1 tablespoon oil in a bowl. Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add onion and capsicum. Cook, stirring, until golden and softened. Transfer to a bowl. Cover to keep warm. Reduce heat to medium-high. Cook steak, in batches, until cooked to your liking. Combine steak, onion mixture and remaining lime juice in a bowl.
- Meanwhile, heat tortillas following packet directions. Serve tortillas with tomato mixture, avocado mixture, beef mixture and lemon wedges.
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