Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra region of South Australia tends to produce large scaled wines that reward, if not require, patience. Penley's Phoenix Cabernet is not atypical of the region, it does not lack for brawn, but it is built to please upon release. Classic aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, mint, cedar and subtle flowers next to a structured palate makes for the perfect picture of Cabernet. This is drinkable now but it will improve for a few more years and will drink well for 5 to 7 years. This might ideally be paired with kangaroo but you could also consider lamb kebobs or grilled mushrooms.
|Wine maker notes
|The colour is bright crimson with hints of dark purple due to its oak maturation and
specific handling techniques. The fragrant aroma consists of violets, ripe wild berry and
integrated spice of the Cabernet grape with strong varietal character typical of the 2008
Coonawarra vintage. The aromas are of blackberry and cassis. Distinct blackberry/ blackcurrant
(Cassis) flavours, the characteristic of a good Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon. Mulberry and
blackberry are dominant fruit flavours enhanced by a young tight palate with silky grape tannin
and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of the Penley Style. A wine that is closer to full bodied
with more grape and oak tannins but still maintains beautiful balance.