Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
A Coonawarra Shiraz of elegance and finesse, Penley's vintages are regularly awarded with prestigious international trophies and accolades, outclassing some of the nation's icon wines. A splendid effort exhibiting generous varietal fruit and spiced pepper, perfumes of good French oak and plenty of flavour. Shiraz has taken well to Coonawarra, where the cooler growing conditions yield a slightly more supple, finer boned style than warmer climes. Balance is a key feature in all Penley wines, fruit, tannins and oak in complete harmomy.
A direct descendant of two great winemaking dynasties, the Penfolds and the Tolleys, Kym continues to employ the best of traditional and modern winemaking techniques. Kym trains his Coonawarra Shiraz blocks, to yield vibrant red wines with plenty of flavour, suited for early drinking while possessing the substance to age gracefully. The objective with Atlas is to create a youthful, rich and mellow wine of gentle tannins and supple oak, fashioned to articulate the excellence of Coonawarra Shiraz and offer plenty of flavour. Fruit is treated to an open vinification in traditional heading down fermenters and matured in a mix of seasoned and new French oak barrels for eighteen months.
Deep red colour with faint purple hue. Fresh black cherry and blueberries on the nose, nuances of vanilla and smoke, mocha and chocolates curl. The youthful palate exhibits tight structure with good natural acidity, fleshy with a diverse flavour profile of berries, black olive, spices and smokey oak. The young tannins are quite dry, will soften and become more opulent, offering enough softness to be enjoyed immediately upon release.