Penley Estate Special Select Shiraz 2021
- Textured, savoury
And a very warm welcome back to the Fo’ with one of our most popular shiraz deals from one of our favourite producers...none other than Penley Estate. Championing our nations’ women in wine and punching out above par quality wines every single vintage. Expect classic Coonawarra characteristics of a medium body, darkened berry and forest fruits, inky in the glass and spine straightening structure with fine tannins providing a cedary and herbaceous finish. Penley Estate have worked hard to bring Coonawarra’s style to the modern drinker, without losing its history or connection to place. Now officially vegan as well. Reason enough to drink to that!
Women in Wine Collection
We are committed to ALWAYS having wines available that are made by women. In an industry that’s still dominated by men, we believe in celebrating the incredible work women are doing. Here’s to our Women in Wine!
Penley have long seen no-nonsense women in their ranks, and today is in the hands of Ang and Bec Tolley. With winemaker Kate Goodman at the helm, this is an all-woman, all-star producer.
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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.