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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Enthusiast, 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine & Spirits
Region: Coonawarra, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 15%
Item no. 99726
The color is bright with deep crimson and some purple tints. The aroma has a striking berry character with richness of fruit due to the ideal weather, average yields and late harvest. This is added together with strong smoky oak tones, which highlight the intense nature of the Penley style. The desired level of sugar and flavor was reached. The palate is rich with sweet berry flavors and strong oak and grape tannins, to balance and meld with this years strong flavors. The key elements in this wine are its rich varietal flavors, choice of oak types, finely tuned acid and astringency. The use of 20% American and 80% French Troncais oaks add depth and complexity. It spent 24 months in this oak (98%being new) this is a key to the integration and development. Bottled July 2006. A complex wine that shows a deep and ripe palate . Flavor depth and length dominates they style this year. Best defined as medium to full bodied from a great year.
Penley's Reserve Cabernet sees 100% new French oak, but handles it well, blending coffee and brown sugar elements with fruitier notes of plum and a hint of mint. It's full-bodied and lushly textured, with smoky, cedary oak wrapped around a core of dark fruit. Drink now–2016.
The 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. A saturated purple color, it presents an aromatic array of pain grille, graphite, espresso, black currant, and blackberry. While full-bodied, it shows some elegance and restraint. It has plenty of fine-grained tannin to complement the fruit and will continue to blossom over the next 4 years. Drink it from 2012 to 2021.
Inky ruby. Pungent cherry-cola, licorice and chocolate on the nose, plus a zesty note of cracked pepper. Sweet, smooth and full, with deep dark berry preserve, cherry and chocolate flavors complemented by a hint of dried herbs and a sweet cola note. Finishes with fine, dusty tannins and lingering spiciness.
Black and constricted around its meaty scents of game, this takes time to reveal its cassis-like fruit. Mouthwatering acidity lengthens the earthy tannin. For wintry roasts.