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Australia - South Australia - McLaren Vale - Penny's Hill

This is a winery that exports into the US (through Epicurean Importers) and I have drunk and enjoyed some of their wines at home. The cellar door has a great restaurant, if you ever visit be sure to plan on having lunch there.

There are three different labels and brands used here and I found it all a bit confusing. Whatever, please note that the "Penny's Hill" name won't be on these wines unless specified below.

2006 Woop Woop Verdelho
Big peachy flavors. Great crisp acid. Hints of Sauvignon Blanc like gooseberry flavors. Very drinkable. AU$13

2006 Penny's Hill Viognier/Marsanne/Roussane
Oily hints on the nose. Tastes of anise and licorice. A bit bitter on the finish. I'm not a fan. AU$18

2005 Mr. Riggs Shiraz/Viognier
The high-end wines here get the "Mr. Riggs" label and they are actually made separately by Penny Hill's winemaker. This wine had a beautiful dark sparkling color. The nose was big on the viognier floral notes. Nice leathery taste, plenty of tannins but not harsh. A big wine, kind of surprising given the delicate nose. AU$27

2005 Mr. Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz
Mr. Riggs is the name of the winemaker at Penny's Hill, and this is his own private endeavor, but sold and distributed by Penny's Hill.
This is a classic South Australia style Shiraz - inky black color with a big nose of pepper and earth. Powerful flavors with a very long finish. Worth finding in the States. AU$40

2004 Penny's Hill "Specialized" Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Merlot
The nose is big with strong whiffs of the Cabernet. A beautiful blend with nicely behaved tannins. Strong vanilla notes. I liked this one a lot, especially for the price. AU$22. Paired well with a "Lebanese" pizza of braised lamb, yogurt and mint at Russell's Pizza.

2005 Penny's Hill Shiraz
Hints of grapefruit on the nose. Carmel corn taste with a touch of pepper and spice. Very drinkable now. Beautiful long finish. AU$27

Posted by Bruce on February 21, 2007 3:57 AM

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