Coonawarra is supposed to be Cabernet country, but Shiraz can do well there too. This is a full-bodied, rich wine that manages to be hugely concentrated yet not overly heavy. Leathery, meaty, bacony notes are layered over plummy fruit, while berry notes emerge on the finish, dusted in coffee and cocoa. Drink now–2020.
Full bodied, dense and creamy in texture, this is an ultradark expression of Shiraz, with flavors ranging from asphalt to coffee and black olive to chocolate. Plum and herb tangs round this out on the long, warm, velvety finish.
Penley’s vineyards, towards the warmer north end of Coonawarra, consistently produce noteworthy Shiraz. It’s on the big size, at 15% alcohol, but structured, with bushels of mixed berries supported by cinnamon toast, brown sugar and a hint of mintiness. Drink it now and over the next 10 years.
This is a rich, ripe style of Coonawarra Shiraz, amply framed by toasty, cedary oak. The tannins are supple to the point of creaminess, the slightly stewed fruits graced with just a hint of mint. Best from 2010–2015, maybe a few years more.
This wine has lots of nice flavors and aromas—cherry, raspberry and graham cracker, among them—but feels disjointed and a little tart at this stage. A couple of years in the dark may do it some good; try after 2007. Imported by Old Bridge Cellars.