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Professional Ratings: 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Enthusiast, 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Coonawarra, Australia
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 96703
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.
The Chertsey name was born out of inspiration from the Tolley family (Penley Estate); it is the village in which the Tolley family lived in the United Kingdom. In Australia, it is the name of the house in which Kym's father grew up in Adelaide. This wine honors the family's winemaking heritage.
Winter rains and spring temperatures were average and resulted in a late budburst, followed by warm conditions that produced ideal flowering. A very cool but dry January delayed veraison and a wet March delayed completion of harvest well into May, however this long cool maturation produced intense flavors, aromatics and colors.
Ruby-red. Intense blackcurrant and cherry aromas, with an intriguingly musky underbrush and sassafras quality. Round, creamy and suave, with deep, sweet cherry, plum and dark berry flavors accented by cinnamon and clove. Subtle vanillin oak and mocha build on the long, sappy finish. Plenty big and rich but also lively thanks to vibrant minerality. Good luck finding this sort of power and elegance in Bordeaux at the same price these days.
A top blend, Penley’s 2004 Chertsey combines 60% Cab Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cab Franc to make a wine that’s Bordeaux in conception but strongly Australian in actuality. The Merlot adds a rich mocha component, while the predominant notes are of cassis, mint and chocolate, framed by plenty of French oak. It’s a bit warm on the finish, but balanced by crisp acidity—a satisfying steakhouse red to drink now–2015.
The 2004 Chertsey is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc. Saturated purple-colored, it delivers a perfume of smoky oak, pencil lead, earth, clove, black currants and blackberry. This leads to an intense, layered wine with tons of sweet fruit, well-integrated tannins, and a long finish. It has enough stuffing to evolve for 4-6 years and should drink well through 2020.