"Penley Estate is one of the finest Coonawarra producers, fashioning wines of greater richness, nuance and aging potential than most of their peers."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
- Founded: 1988
- Owner: The Tolley Family
- Winemaker: Kate Goodman
- Size: 410 acres
- Climate: Cool climate; cold & wet winters, long cool ripening season
- Key Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz
Kate Goodman is well established as a respected winemaker. While her 25+ year winemaking tenure grants Goodman a great appreciation for South Australia’s diverse wine regions, the wines of Coonawarra continue to inspire her with their unmistakable expression of the region’s unique soils.
To achieve this pure regional expression, Goodman makes use of modern technology as well as traditional techniques adopted through her many years of experience. Small batches are fermented by site and clone, in a combination of temperature controlled tanks and French oak barriques. Traditional heading down boards are employed for greater tannin and color extraction, resulting in the region’s characteristic fine, dusty tannin profile. Penley Estate’s wines offer balance, complexity, minerality and wonderful longevity; but above all else, a tangible encounter with Coonawarra.
Coonawarra’s famed terra rossa soils – a thin band of vivid red earth overlaying soft limestone that runs nine miles long by one and a half miles wide. Soils and climate alike are ideal for viticulture: mineral rich and free draining earth meets with cold winters and a long, cool ripening season, allowing the grapes to slowly develop flavor and tannin ripeness. Goodman pursues a water deficit program promoting water stress prior to veraison, followed by sufficient moisture to see the vines continue functioning throughout the late fall harvest. In conjunction with hand pruning, this program ensures balanced vines with healthy canopies and crops of small, intensely flavored berries at yields of around two tons per acre.
Penley Estate’s vineyard plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon (112 acres), Shiraz (49 acres), Chardonnay (13 acres), Merlot (10 acres), Cabernet Franc (5 acres). Each varietal was planted with a particular site selection in mind i.e. lighter soils for Shiraz and the more traditional terra rossa soils for Cabernet Sauvignon.
- FLAGSHIP WINESReserve Cabernet Sauvignon2012 2010 2009Special Select Shiraz2012 2010 2009Chertsey Bordeaux Blend2012 2010 2009
- ESTATE WINESSparkling Pinot Chardonnay2007 2001Aradia Chardonnay2013 2012 2011Gryphon Merlot2013 2011 2010Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon2015 2014 2013Condor Shiraz Cabernet2013 2012 2010Hyland Shiraz2013 2012 2011Tolmer Cabernet Sauvignon2012 2010 2009