Having just posted a piece which questioned whether Coonawarra needed to do a little more to engage a new generation of wine lovers, I tasted a glorious wine from the region that eloquently challenges those doubts. The wine is Penley Estate’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2000 vintage.
It has an attractive and brooding medium to pronounced intensity aroma of spice, cigar box, oak, leaves and opulent black fruits. I incidentally found that same opulence in another wine from Coonawarra’s 2000 vintage, the outstanding Murdock Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, perhaps suggesting a vintage characteristic that is something more than mere co-incidence. On the palate, predominantly blackcurrant flavours were sheathed by medium to long length A stand out wine that will reward seeking out. 93 points.
Price: $50 (current vintage)
Tasted: December 2011