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Penley Estate Chertsey Cabernet Sauvignon

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Here we have a wine that pays homage to the red wines of Bordeaux, but in a much more ballsy style. It's a rich, ripe wine that shows lots of uber-ripe, almost dark cherry jam characters on the nose intermingled with appealing whiffs of tobacco leaf, mocha and cinnamon spice. The palate is full-boded, fleshy and fruity, with sweet berry flavours, a bit of grip to the tannins, and a smooth, spiced fruit finish. It's an 'in your face' style that will cellar for a few years yet!

Winemaker's Notes

Chertsey is a wine made in the traditional 'Bordeaux' style using cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. The objective was to utilise the three varieties that grow exceptionally well in Coonawarra on their own and blend them to compliment each other. This wine is made from 100% Estate grown fruit, is co fermented in traditional heading down tanks and is also non filtered to add another dimension. Made in strictly limited quantities.

Chertsey is a wine made using varieties of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. The objective was to utilise the three varieties that grow exceptionally well in Coonawarra. It is full of fresh cherries, violets and plums with hints of spice and chocolate which flows seamlessly into the rich silky pallet. A wine of the balance, elegance and understated power.

Variety: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc

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Penley Estate Chertsey Cabernet Sauvignon

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A measured and well-mannered young red whose brightly lit aromas of small black and red berries are lifted by sweet floral notes and knit with slightly meaty vanilla oak with pine needle-like undertones. Smooth and polished, its juicy palate of bright, lively fruit and fresh cedar/chocolate oak reveals some slightly raisined characters. Framed by a slightly edgy spine of loose-knit tannins, it just needs time to integrate.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A Bordeaux blend of 38% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot and 30% cabernet franc. This is a no-holds-barred full-bodied wine yet is superbly balanced, and is the best ever Penley's red wine; the fruit flavours are multifaceted, but with a common link of juicy length; oak and tannins are exactly where they should be. Pity about the wine-stained cork.
Till 2025
Wine Companion
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine - Cabernet Challenge
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Very fine, gentle and elegant, with a deep dark-fruited and cedary bouquet revealing lively aromas of violets and dried herbs plus penetrative notes of cassis and mulberries. It's long and smooth, marrying bright, evenly ripened fruit with sweet chocolate/coconut/vanilla oak and a fine-grained spine of supple tannins, finishing fresh and balanced.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Handsomely supported by polished chocolate/vanilla oak, this deeply ripened but slightly exaggerated cabernet blend supports its rather jammy presence of blackberries, cassis and dark plums with fine, smooth tannins, herbal and minty nuances plus assertive menthol notes. It's plush, juicy and slightly baked, but with plenty of aeration opens up with genuine length and more integrity and fruit sweetness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Vibrant acid profile and bright, perfumed red cherry and berry fruits - impressive for the warm 2008 season. Blocky oak and chunky tannins make for a robust style that calls for time to blossom.
Wine100, September Edition 2011

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