1998 Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra

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This classic Australian red wine captures and enhances the distinctive characters of Coonawarra. These characters are highlighted by rich berry tones with a great length and depth of flavour. The complex characters of this wine show intensity and layered depth. To achieve this style it is important to have harmony between fruit intensity, oak tannin, grape tannin and acid. Objective for the Penley style is harmony and balance.
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ROBERT PARKER RATING: 95
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The fabulous 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is stacked and packed in the mouth. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by a sweet, smoky, cedary, full-bodied character revealing notes of cassis, licorice, and olives. Voluptuous and full-bodied, with the tannin largely concealed by the its wealth of glycerin, fruit, and concentration, this terrific Cabernet Sauvignon will hit its prime in 1-2 years, and last for 15 or more. Impressive!
The colour is bright with deep crimson and some purple tints. The aroma has a striking berry character with richness of fruit due to a warm and dry harvest. This is added together with strong smoky oak tones, which highlight the intense nature of the Penley style. The desired level of sugar and flavour was reached. The palate is rich with sweet berry flavours and strong oak and grape tannins, to balance and meld with this year’s strong flavours. The key elements in this wine are its rich varietal flavours, choice of oak types, finely tuned acid and astringency. The use of new 35% American and 65% French Troncais oak adds depth and complexity. It spent 30 months in oak to enable integration and development. Bottled September 2000. A complex wine that shows a deep and rich palate while reflecting again the vintage conditions. Best defined as a full-bodied style from a big, exciting vintage.
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Vintage 1998
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Appellation Coonawarra
Bottle Size 750ml
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