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Born and bred, 6th generation winemaker Damien Tscharke grew up amongst the vines at Seppeltsfield, while attending Marananga Primary and Nuriootpa High. Gnadenfrei is the oldest vineyard within the Tscharke family estate portfolio, established over seventy years ago by Damien Tscharke's grandfather, the terroir and clime yield an exceptional quality of Shiraz. A seamlessly structured style, driven by fruit and kept vital by rich, cherry filled acidity. Show stopper this week... Superior value in old village barossa shiraz»
Gary and Nick Farr are father and son, they make wine together but aren't afraid to go head to head when their opinions differ. Nick grew up amongst some of the world's most sacred vineyards, he knows about the land and found a magnificent little site, barely east of Lake Colac. Irrewarra is the vigneron's shangri-la, prepared for viticulture by generations of grazing and eons of the sobering south sea breezes, which stimulate vines to yield meagre harvests of parched little grapes, sleek of tannin and rich in flavour. Vintaged in excruciatingly limited lots, there are fully two styles of Irrewarra on offer, a grapefruit and oyster shell Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir of pasture and of place, both finished to delight the senses and to excite the most inscrutable palates... It's irrewarra by farr»
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Penley Estate Aradia Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Coonawarra South Australia
Kym Tolley takes aim at crafting a crisp, young wine with soft fruit flavours to be consumed without the need for any bottle age. A stylish and elegant cool climate style of Coonawarra, the finely tuned acids achieve a crispness of palate that many new world Chardonnays lack. Quality new French oak, rich barrel ferments and partial lees stirring, all contribute to the style, the fruit flavour is not shrouded, but enhanced by the judicious use of oak, a key feature in all Penley wines.
Aradia was a mythical goddess, daughter of the sun and the moon, two important elements in Penley wine. Chardonnay is hand picked and whole bunch pressed, conserving the delicacy of fruit, adding rich soft textures and palate roundness, lingering flavours and superior length. Components are barrel fermented in new and seasoned French oak puncheons and hogsheads, essential for integrating the subtle flavours and textural tannins. Choice components are treated to wild indigenous yeast vinification and a course of malolactic. Barrels are matured several months on gross yeast lees, stirred regularly to maintain yeast in suspension, enriching the palate while protecting against oxidaization.
Medium yellow with hues of grapey green. Melon and fresh citrus bouquet, a hint of biscuit and nutty complexity achieved by aging on yeast lees in quality French oak. A finely layered palate of harmonious and sensuous flavours, grapefruits and melon. The subtle oak enhances bright varietal Chardonnay flavours without overpowering them, all leading to a silky soft finish.
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Penley Estate is a medium sized winery and vineyard located in the Coonawarra, and is the chosen home of winemaker Kym Tolley

The mission of Penley Estate and Kym Tolley is to produce a selection of wines with an emphasis on quality of product as well as the skill, enthusiasm and artistry of the team of people involved in the wine making process. Kym has always had wine in his blood, he is a direct descendant of two of Australia's most famous winemaking families, the Penfolds and the Tolleys.

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Twenty five years is a long time to be in the same profession but ask Kym Tolley what he would do if he was not a winemaker and the answer is simple. "I've not been able to think of anything else I'd prefer to do," he said. "Winemaking satisfies all my creative urges along with my need for discipline. To me, it's simply fantastic to be able to make a life out of being creative."

Directly related to two of Australia's pioneer wine families, the Penfolds and the Tolleys, Kym continues to mix the best of traditional and modern winemaking methods at Penley Estate. Born in 1953, Kym Tolley was educated at St Peters' College Adelaide. He completed his diploma in wine production at Roseworthy College in 1977.

He remained with the company until 1988 when he left to establish Penley Estate. For Kym, Penley Estate is a dream come true. His vision was to develop a solid business which would allow perpetuity and future growth for his family, while providing the opportunity for him to continue to create interesting and quality wines.

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Father to Hannah, Lachlan and Madeline, Kym often quotes an historic quote of Australian wine writer James Busby who in 1830 said: "A man who could sit under the shade of his own vine with his wife and his children about him and the ripe clusters hanging within their reach in such a climate as this and not feel the highest enjoyment, is incapable of happiness"

Throughout the years that Penley Estate has been producing premium quality wines, the winery has enjoyed an extremely successful wine show and review record. Penley's Trophy record alone, if averaged out over the years averages out at approximately 4 per annum, an impressive feat.

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