Penley Estate Tolmer Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Produced entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon, winemaker Kate Goodman has produced an expressive Coonawarra Cabernet from the great 2018 vintage that shows both strong varietal character and depth. Penley Estate’s Tolmer is a modern expression of Coonawarra cabernet showcasing intense blackcurrants and savoury notes of French oak. This is a medium-bodied bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon without being too heavy. The fragrant nose emanates candy blackberry, blue fruit and dusty oak aromas. A sip of the wine offers vibrant flavours of blueberry and cassis, supported by rhubarb nuances and chalky tannins.
Showing all the hallmarks of the great 2018 vintage, possessing both depth and concentration, this Cabernet finishes long and refined, making it an outstanding value.
Barrel aged in French oak for 12 months (30% new oak, 70% old oak) followed by 6 months in stainless steel. Midnight black core with a deep dark red black hue. Sailing out of the glass are intense aromatics of blackcurrant followed by subtle notions of violets, ripe mulberry, hints of red liquorice, vanillin cedar and subtle spicy tobacco notes. Flooding the medium to full bodied palate are waves of rich blackcurrant fruit that have a relatively smooth textural feel. Mulberry, subtle cedary tobacco characters and spicy bay leaf nuances ensue. Very polished yet structured tannins. Excellent depth and concentration for its price point finishing long and refined.
The seamless finish rounds off a bright, fragrant wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years.
AWARD & ACCOLADES
“One of my two “Australian classified growths” – Jancis Robinson
5 Star Winery “Outstanding winery producing wines of exemplary quality” – James Halliday
– 93 POINTS
Dense and toothsome, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins that add a wonderful richness and density to the generous flavors of dark chocolate–covered coffee bean, kirsch, sage and cassis. The harmony keeps building on the finish. Drink now through 2035.