Named Penny’s Hill Vineyard after the hill at the base of which it is sited, the property was planted to vines in 1991 to a unique narrow-row configuration to maximise vineyard productivity and grape and wine quality.
Truly representative of the Penny's Hill McLaren Vale terroir, 'Cracking Black' pays homage to the Bay of Biscay soils which contribute to the generosity and richness of the mighty Shiraz wines from the region. Oozing with dark fruits and plum notes, this spicy McLaren Vale Shiraz is layered with mocha, oak spice and licorice with finely integrated oak. Showing great depth and generosity, the palate is elegant and well defined. The tannins delicately wrap the fruit and guide it along the palate, resulting in a wine of exceptional length and character.
This offers exceptional value. 7-10 days on skins, before quality French oak for 16 months, a smidgeon (15%) new. This is a plump rich red. The usual cavalcade of black fruits and spice, sure, but what makes this a joy to drink is the effortless mouthfeel. A gentle sash of tannins. Floral scents. A trickle of acidity rather than a forcefield. The wine just sits there, buoyant, mellow and juicy. Drink to: 2024; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
This is filled with delicious flavours, showing blackberry, sweet cherry, fragrant spice and roasted nut characters, combined with fleshy texture and plush mouthfeel within a solid frame of fine-grained tannins. Upfront and highly enjoyable. Drink: Now to 2033; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 94 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
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