2017 Penny's Hill Cracking Black Shiraz

2017 Penny's Hill Cracking Black Shiraz

Sabine Duval

"Plum jam flavours with rich chocolate notes. A touch of spice on the finish."

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Sabine Duval

"Plum jam flavours with rich chocolate notes. A touch of spice on the finish."

Sabine Duval

RRP: $25.00 per bottle
20% OFF
$20.99 per single bottle
Bottles
4 payments of $5.25 with More info
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Love it or your money back*
Free Delivery
On orders Over $300*

The 2017 McLaren Vale reds have a rather different flavour to them compared to wines around them, the cool vintage giving an extra layer of fragrance, even for the biggest, deepest, darkest wines.

You can see that writ large in this new Penny's Hill Shiraz. It's irrepressibly ripe a la mode, but there's a sense of balance, an evenness to counter the hedonism. End result? Something delicious.

Expert Reviews

95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionYou get a lot of everything with this wine: vibrant red and black fruits (cherry/berry), spice, texture, structure, oak and tannins all swathed in a dusting of regional chocolate. Great class, exceptional value.
94 Points - Sam Kim - Wine OrbitThis is gracefully powerful, packed with gorgeous flavours; the wonderfully fragrant bouquet shows blackberry, blueberry compote, game, cedar and vanilla characters with a touch of floral lift. It is concentrated and wonderfully weighted, delivering fabulous fruit purity and intensity, backed by loads of polished tannins.
90 Points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine FrontIt’s both generously flavoured and complex. That’s a great start. It finishes dry but there’s ample ripe fruit in the getting there, and there’s also plenty of smoky, spicy, clovey character layered on top. It keeps you interested. It doesn’t extend out through the finish in the way this winery’s higher priced reds do but then, for casual drinking you’re hardly likely to notice.
90 Points - Huon HookeVery deep, dark red colour with a purple tint; aromas of meaty charcuterie, black fruits and tar. It's rich and fruit-sweet in the middle-palate before a wash of black tea tannins on the back-palate and finish. Concentration, density and grip all in equal measure. This would take some age well and is remarkable value for money within this maker's portfolio.

Tech stuff

14.5
McLaren Vale
2017
Screw Cap
Cellar to 2028
750ml

Light

Full

How's it taste?

Oozing with cherry and dark berry fruits, this spicy McLaren Vale Shiraz is layered with mocha, oak spice and licorice with finely integrated oak. Showing great depth and generosity, the palate is elegant and well defined. The tannins delicately wrap the fruit and guide it along the palate, resulting in a wine of exceptional length and character.

How was it made?

To best reflect the variation in terroir across the vineyard sites, each Shiraz parcel was harvested, fermented and matured separately. Harvest commenced on the 14th March and the last parcel was picked on the 8th April. After 7-10 days on skins in open or static fermenters, wines were pressed and filled immediately to the finest French oak barrels. Each parcel was matured for 17 months prior to barrel selection and blending.The final blend consisted of 15% new French oak barrels and wine was bottled in November 2018.

Who made it?

From its first production of 141 cases of 1995 Shiraz, Penny's Hill has established a fine reputation for outstanding vineyards from which acclaimed estate wines have emerged. Very much a part of the recent McLaren Vale landscape, the Penny's Hill story commenced in 1988 with the purchase of the original vineyard site. The brand message: "Proudly Australian. More so McLaren Vale."

Winemaker Alexia Roberts consistently produces fine, full-bodied, fruit driven wines using premium estate-grown fruit from some of the best quality vineyards in the region. A meticulous approach every step of the way, from the narrow-planted, low yielding vineyards and throughout the winemaking process, Alexia’s wines deliver the ultimate balance of texture, complexity and interest.

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