To run, discover and play. To be brought to life. We are the wines with carefree souls; the wines for now and the wines for later. We are the vibrancy of the terra rossa, celebrating the fruit and honouring the vine.
Our wine-making history dates back to 1844, but it really began with a red sports car in 1945.
It was a collision of hearts and minds, a collision that had been 100 years in the making – refined and distilled from two pioneering winemaking families.
When Reginald Lester Tolley rolled up to a function in his red sports car, Judith Anne Penfold Hyland was suitably impressed by the car and rather taken by the man behind the wheel. Sparks flew, romance blossomed and Penley was conceived (as a business name) in 1947 after Reginald and Judith married.
However, it wasn’t until 1988 that the Penley name came to life, that it finally bore fruit, so to speak. That’s when we (the children of Reginald and Judith) decided to create our own wines – put our label on tradition.
Brooding dark fruits fill the nose; think blackberry, satsuma plum and cassis, complemented by licorice and subtle Middle Eastern spice. The palate is dense and powerful without being heavy and the medium-bodied framework is driven by a savoury, earthy tannin profile. A wine with excellent length and persistence, notes of toasty French oak add complexity to flavours of dark chocolate and stewed cherries. It's incredibly youthful and can be enjoyed now, but will handsomely reward those with the patience to put it away for a few years.
||51% Cabernet Sauvignon
||14.6% Alcohol, 6.0g/l total acid, 3.61 pH|