Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Tasting Notes

A five star rated winery from Australian wine guru, James Halliday, Penley Estate makes some serious red wines in their portfolio. In particular their Cabernet based wines. Located in the Coonawarra region of South Australia, this area is renowned for its exceptional red wine, in particular, its Cabernet Sauvignon. Coonawarra is regarded as one of  Australia’s premium wine growing regions for the varietal, many times making Cabernet on par with those coming out of the Margaret River, which in its own right is recognized as producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in the world,  With its specific Terra Rossa soils Cabernet can really shine in Coonawarra and in certain vintages can give the Cabernets from Margaret River a run for their money.

What makes the just released 2021 Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon so intriguing is its refinement, with its polished tannins, supple mouth feel and vibrant, fresh fruit. This has been getting great reviews in its past vintages, even earning a Wine Spectator Top 100 selection back in 2018 for the 2016 vintage, so this has a track record of really over delivering, and the just released 2021 vintage has produced another impressive offering with nice reviews from both James Suckling and the Wine Advocate.  Drinking beautifully as we speak, this has a number of years of great drinking in front of it. At $19.99 a bottle this really is a smart buy that over delivers. If you love well made, refined Cabernet then this is definitely something worth considering.

Winery: Penley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
SKU: PENCAB2021 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon (1)



92 pts James Suckling
Notes of ripe dark fruit with hints of eucalyptus, cedar, leafy herbs and wet stones. Medium-bodied with polished tannins. Juicy and fresh with crunchy berry fruit and blue flowers. Gentle, but long.

92 pts Wine Enthusiast
The dusty, iron-rich terra rossa soils show on this Coonawarra Cab. There’s brambly blackberry and black-cherry fruit along with warm earth-meets-iodine vibes and some minty, peppery nuances, too. Lifted acidity and chalky, salivazapping tannins dominate the palate. There’s fruit and spice, too—they just need time to come to the fore.

91 pts Wine Advocate
The 2021 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon spent 15 days on skins with twice daily pumpers and matured in a combination of vessels for 12 months (65% seasoned French oak, 5% new French oak, 30% in stainless steel). This is an unashamedly bright, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon that rests on a very fine rachis of tannin on the mid-palate. It is supple and fine and oh so fresh. It is modern, juicy, vibrant and crunchy, even, reminiscent of good Loire Chinon. It is also a very good value, with a suggested retail price of $20AUD. Best after 2023.

Winemaker Notes

Nose:   A complex bouquet full of black fruits and varietal herbs. Blood plum, blackcurrant, anise and fresh thyme with a glimpse of purple flowers
Palate:  Medium-bodied in structure with a juicy core of ripe fruit flavours. Integrated French oak notes complement the seamless powdery tannins giving rise to a long satisfying palate.

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