“Dont hate me because I’m so easy to drink” is what the 2009 Penley Cab would say if it could talk. Righto, mate. This is pure Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, ripe, full of blackberries and hints of chocolate and Oz licorice, smooth and very, very drinkable, and so user-friendly it has a screw cap. But hold that sneer, it’s no candied fruit bomb. Penley’s Cab is extremely well-made, varietally structured, on target and distinctly terroir-torial. Is that a word? Oughta be. In this case, the Phoenix is grown on the distinct soil of Coonawarra, where the Limestone Coast is topped with the red earth called terra rossa. It has a minerally backbone and judicious enough oak to provide perfect balance. And earn a serious 94 from James Halliday, Australia’s arbiter almighty. A Cab you can quaff or savor with equal satisfaction. You can drink a case in the next year easily, especially at this exclusive bargain. You’re gonna want that.
“Bright crimson; by some distance, the best of the ’09 Penley varietals, with redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit supported by quality cedary oak and fine tannins, the medium-bodied palate long and complete…” 94 Points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion