2015 Penley Estate "Phoenix" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia SKU #1312360


RP 91 W&S 91 WS 90
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K&L Notes

92 points Wine Front: "Most red wine drinkers will thoroughly enjoy this. It offers plenty of dark, berried, inky fruit; plenty of sawdusty/smoky oak; and while it’s warm with alcohol it remains smooth, supple and persistent. In other words, it ticks the boxes most red wine drinkers are looking to have ticked. Indeed it’s excellent value. It’s all blackcurrant, bay leaves and aforementioned oak. Tannin is fine-grained."

Staff Reviews

  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    I am a California Cab guy. I find this wine to be utterly mind blowing. I can't buy more because I don't have a wine fridge. The wine: dark purple, explosion of plum, creme de cassis milling around, and a very minute tangy/grapey flavor, almost a touch Amarone-esque. Amazing stuff.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    Succulent and bearing nicely integrated oak, this has lots of roasted plums, a hint of herbs, floral notes and plenty of red berry fruits. You can count on Australia to over-deliver without overwhelming.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is such a great value and a real chance for newcomers to Australia to jump into one of the country's most interesting Cabernet regions: Connewara along the Limestone Coast of South Australia. The red soil along with the maritime climate creates expressive and characterful Cabernets that have much more than just ripe fruit and an ample mouthfeel. The Penley "Phoenix" is exhibit A, brimming with herbaceous flavors, hints of tobacco, but also a savory black olive note and a dark, decadent finish. There's A LOT of wine here for the money, but also a great learning opportunity. I've found my exploration into the wines of Australia to be incredibly rewarding, especially since visiting earlier this year. It's wines like this that keep me coming back for more.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A stellar bargain in Cabernet. This is has the richness, power and structure that has made this grape King! Packed full with blackcurrant, cassis, plum, sweet oak, a touch of cigar box and fresh picked mint. Mouth-filling and voluptuous but with fine sculpting tannins; beautiful length and freshness on the palate. A super complete wine the like of which normally comes with a $50+ price tag. Try it for yourself...see what we are raving about.
    Top Value!
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Along with the Penley Shiraz we carry, I was blown away when I saw the price on this wine. This is an absolutely delicious Cab from an old school producer and one I would be happy to present at any event, especially at this price point. It's deep and the Cab Sauv woodsy qualities shine though without overwhelming the fruit. I found it layered and interesting and was super excited to see this as the entry level wine for such a well respected producer. If this is how good their least expensive wines are, I can't wait to see the higher tier bottlings.
    Top Value!


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