Penley Estate Tolmer Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 - Coonawarra, South Australia
This is great……and here’s why!93/100 Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion
90/100 James Suckling
5 Red Star Winery - Halliday
94/100 Wine Enthusiast (2018 vintage)
93/100 Wine Spectator (2018 vintage)
James Suckling “A bold and more classically styled wine that has big, intense style with plenty of tannin, plenty of oak and big, rich berry flavors.”
Jane Faulkner, Australian Wine Companion “...represents excellent value. There are cassis and blackcurrants with baking spices in the mix, but this is very savoury and even a little stern at present. In time the raspy tannins will melt into the medium-bodied palate. Aged for 11 months in used French puncheons. Just like its sibling (Phoenix), Tolmar represents excellent value.”
The Winemaker “The Tolmer is a modern expression of Coonawarra cabernet showcasing intense blackcurrants and savoury notes of French oak. It's medium-bodied without being heavy and has a generous core of juicy fruits with well-integrated chalky tannins.”
The iconic Penley Estate arose from a combination of the prestigious Penfold and Tolley wine families. Winemaker Kate Goodman is regarded as one of Australia’s best contemporary winemakers, having worked at wineries in McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Great Western and Yarra Valley. Penley Estate estate shot to prominence in 1989 when Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon won Gold at the prestigious Adelaide Wine Show. Since that time the estate has grown significantly to over 80 hectares of vines and is run by 5th generation family members, sisters Ang & Bec Tolley.
Coonawarra is the most important wine region within the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia, credited with producing some of the best red wines in the country, and often described as Australia's most famous terroir. The region's prime Terra Rossa land, which has a reddish-brown topsoil over a thick layer of soft limestone, covers a narrow strip only 12 kilometres long. The reddish colour of the soil is caused by iron-oxide (rust) formations in the clay. Vineyards on this soil benefit from good drainage and nutrient-holding capacity.