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Professional Ratings: 93 Australian Wine Companion, 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Coonawarra, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 90234
The color is bright with deep crimson and some amber tints. The aroma has a striking berry character with richness of fruit due to a hot summer, low yields and a cool, dry harvest. This, along with strong smoky oak tones, highlights the intense nature of the Penley style. The palate has rich, sweet berry flavors and strong oak and grape tannins to balance and integrate this year's strong flavors. A complex wine that shows a deep and rich palate while reflecting again the vintage conditions.
Medium-bodied; clearly delineated cabernet sauvignon; a gentle mix of blackcurrant, earth and cassis with seamless tannins and oak; not quite enough concentration notwithstanding its alcohol.
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was aged in 100% new oak, 80% French and 20% American. It has a splendid aromatic array of toast, spice box, pencil lead, licorice, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied, opulent, layered Cabernet with well-integrated tannins, and a long, pure finish. It will continue to evolve with 3-4 years in the cellar and drink well through 2024.
Dense ruby. Powerful, deeply scented bouquet of blackberry, cassis, plum compote and dark chocolate; a bit youthfully brooding today. Fat and supple, with concentrated dark berry and cherry flavors and an array of pungent herbs and dusty minerals. There's terrific sweetness and sappy texture here: this is clearly built for positive evolution over the coming decade. Reminds me of a high-end Bordeaux on the sweet, expansive, impressively long finish. Serious stuff!
A big, powerful wine, but one that also manages to convey a sense of elegance, Penley’s 2004 Reserve Cabernet is plummy-ripe, with chocolaty overtones and lashings of smoky oak. Yet the tanins are supple, imparting a creamy texture to this large-scaled wine. A crisp, slightly herbal note on the finish helps lighten the overall impression. Drink now–2020.