2008 Penley Estate Merlot Gryphon

Year: 2008
Appellation: Coonawarra
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 89
Red Wine
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"Lithe, supple and appealing for its ripe currant and blackberry flavors, shaded with hints of wet earth and tobacco, lingering against a mild buzz of tannin. Drink now through 2015. 200 cases imported." (WS)

Winery Notes:
After good winter rains, spring was moderately dry with enough spring rain throughout the season to ensure health vine growth. Summer was hot and dry punctuated by an uncharacteristic hot spell in March, but Coonawarra’s cool nights prevailed allowing continual enhancement of both colour and structure.

The Gryphon fruit was partically barrel fermented using a mix of French oak producers and forests, ensuring complexity while maintaining Penley’s hallmark oak integration. Fermentation persisted for approximately 7-10 days at temperatures of 15-18 degrees C, while traditional “heading down” tanks (open fermenters with submerged caps) were used to help maximise colour, flavour and tannin extraction.

The 2008 Gryphon Merlot is deep cherry red in color. The bouquet is rich and complex with hints of violets, bing cherries and a touch of spice from restrained use of French oak. Medium bodied with a dense mid palate of rich red berry and juicy plums, the texture is generous with integrated smoky oak and a polished finish.