From its first production of 141 cases of 1995 Shiraz, Penny's Hill has established a fine reputation for outstanding vineyards from which acclaimed estate wines have emerged. Very much a part of the recent McLaren Vale landscape, the Penny's Hill story commenced in 1988 with the purchase of the original vineyard site. The brand message: "Proudly Australian. More so McLaren Vale." Fine full-bodied, fruit driven wines are the result of premium estate-grown fruit from some of the best quality vineyards in the region. A meticulous approach every step of the way, from the narrow-planted, low yielding vineyards and throughout the winemaking process, Penny's Hill wines deliver an ultimate balance of texture, complexity and interest, with quality well above price being the outcome sought.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
The wine offers dazzling richness and opulence, while remaining structured and balanced. The gloriously expressed bouquet shows blackberry, Black Doris plum, chocolate tart, cake spice and cedar characters, leading to an engaging palate that displays outstanding depth and weight, wonderfully complemented by plush texture and a persistent silky finish. Symphonic, compelling and totally seductive.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
From 10 rows of the original Penny's Hill low-yielding vineyard in the foothills east of McLaren Vale, open-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured in French barriques (50% new) for 18 months. The bouquet and palate are in total agreement about the message this wine sends: black fruits, dark chocolate, firm tannins and, above all else, its complex savoury caste that runs from the first whiff through to the last sip.
Plush and polished, earthy and meaty, with sour-edged black and blue fruits, exotic spices and fine, firmish tannins.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
Wow this packs a punch. This is an intense red wine. Saturated plum, resin, redcurrant and tar, saltbush and dark chocolate mashed into the mix. You don’t see fruit concentration like this all that often. Appropriately it also carries a big wave of tannin, and a high-ish degree of oak. I’m betting that this will live for a very long time.
From an impressive range of Vales shiraz, this is most worthy of its top shelf place as it oozes class from the first lick. It comes from just nine rows on the Penny’s Hill Vineyard in the district’s foothills, and immediately raises a notch in quality as its blueberry notes lift gloriously while the oak is genuinely sensitive in its companionship. The tannins are superfine and suggest good cellaring potential, but drink now as well and also try its sibling, Skeleton Key Shiraz, that packs an earthy chocolatey vibe into its own expression. 4.5 Stars