2015 Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix

Year: 2015
Appellation: Coonawarra
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 91+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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2017 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #48

"Dense tannins and flavors are packed into this wine, with briny Kalamata olive and black licorice nuances to the core of plum, cassis, sage, tobacco and cedar flavors, which fan out on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 4,300 cases imported.–MW " (WS)

"Deep garnet-purple in color, 2015 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon is redolent of crème de cassis, licorice and dark chocolate with hints of dried mint, earth and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with generous black fruit and menthol flavors. Structured with a firm backbone, it finishes with great length." (WA)

Winery Notes:
A very dry and mild to warm spring provided ideal weather conditions for budburst and flowering , which was quite early. As a result yields across most varieties were good. The dry conditions continued into summer at which time in early January wehad more than an inch of rain which was timely and then dry weather continued until May. The summer did not have any prolonged heat waves an in early March the night time temperature really dipped and this did slow the ripening of grapes due to the cool to cold nights. Due to the fantastic weather there were no disease issues.

Vibrant aromas of dark berries and black fruits, blackberry, mulberry, plum and a touch of licorice. Subtle floral notes intertwine with the dark core of fruit. Subtle hints of smokey oak add complexity and savory notes. The palate is medium bodied with fine grained tannins. Succulent acidity adds lift and freshness to the dense brooding fruit. This is a complete and harmonious wine with great persistence of flavor. Bright and delicious, speaking of contemporary Coonawarra Cabernet. Ready to drink now or for enjoying the rewards of cellaring for the next 5-7 years for some secondary fruit characters to shine through.

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