2015 Penley Estate "Phoenix" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia (Elsewhere $19)

SKU #1312360 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple in color, 2015 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon is redolent of crème de cassis, licorice and dark chocolate with hints of dried mint, earth and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with generous black fruit and menthol flavors. Structured with a firm backbone, it finishes with great length. (LPB) 91+  (8/2017)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 *Best Buy* Defining Coonawarra in the cool, herbal tone of its ripeness, this offers finely textured tannins and gossamer layers of spice. There’s a fresh tobacco richness that lasts, placing the wine next to lamb chops.  (10/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Dense tannins and flavors are packed into this wine, with briny Kalamata olive and black licorice nuances to the core of plum, cassis, sage, tobacco and cedar flavors, which fan out on the finish.  (11/2017)

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."

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Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2017 | Send Email
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!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2017 | Send Email
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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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Coonawarra

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5