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Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2009

Merlot from Coonawarra , Limestone Coast , Australia
  • ST 90
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Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby red in color with a bright hue. The bouquet is rich and complex with hints of violets, plums, a touch of spice and savory fruitcake elements. The French oak is restrained and well integrated. Medium-bodied with a strong mid palate of mulberry and savory forest underbrush flavors. The texture is soft with integrated smoky vanilla French oak, finishing with a refined smooth tannin structure.

Critical Acclaim

ST 90
International Wine Cellar

Bright red. Spicy red berries, rose and herbs on the nose. Light-bodied, refreshingly bitter strawberry and cherry flavors are silky and precise in a pinot-like way, with a hint of mint on the back half. A fairly refined merlot that finishes with gentle sweetness and very good smoky persistence. I wish that more New World merlots had this wine's sweetness and light touch.

Penley Estate

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Penley Estate, Coonawarra, Australia
Penley Estate
Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families – the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.

Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra... View More