2015 Penley Estate Tolmer Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

I have a bit of a connection to this wine.  I won’t go into the details but it may become a bit clearer as you get further into this post.  Those who know me will get it straight away.

Tolmer refers to the great, great grandfather of the owners of Penley Estate, Alexander Tolmer.  He was a “dashing and colourful” character (that’s not the connection although I wish it was!) who ended up becoming the Commissioner of Police in South Australia.

This is shouting ‘Coonawarra Cabernet’ from the rooftops when you smell and taste it.  It has all the lush, plump, dark berries you can think of and plenty of them!  Complemented by some nice fresh Italian herbs and creamy vanilla oak to top off the taste sensation that lingered on the palate.  I will add though that the tannins were a tad drying but because of how good the fruit is and I gave it protein (it so needs at this young age), this didn’t present as an issue.  I’d love to see this in a few years time.  I reckon by then it will, like it’s namesake, be quite a charming, “dashing and colourful” character.


Region: Coonawarra, SA     Price: $30     Source: Sample courtesy of Penley Estate


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