2016 Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix

Year: 2016
Appellation: Coonawarra
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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2018 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #28

"Dense, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins and concentration to the plum, cassis and blackberry flavors. Sage and rosemary accents linger in the background. Strikes the right balance between power and elegance, with grace notes of eucalyptus, black tea and tobacco lingering on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2030. 4,300 cases imported. -MW " (WS)

Winery Notes:
The growing season was drier than average, and careful irrigation to optimize flavor development worked very well. Harvest was two weeks early and the result of a warmer than average October which advanced the whole season. There was a cooler finish with mild ripening conditions. Despite the early season, the time taken for berry development and ripening were in line, allowing adequate time for fruit to develop tannins and complexity.

A bouquet of dark, berried, inky fruit with plenty of sawdusty/smoky oak. Vibrant flavors of fresh blackcurrant and cassis are complemented by bay leaf and toasted oak on the palate. The tannins are well-integrated and fine-grained. This is a complete and harmonious wine with great persistence of flavor. Bright and delicious, speaking of contemporary Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. Ready to drink now or for enjoying the rewards of cellaring for the next 5-7 years.

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