Penley Estate, "Francis", Cabernet Franc
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Penley Estate, "Francis", Cabernet Franc - 2021

Item # 46544 750mL

From one of South Australia's most historic winemaking families, the Penley Estate proper was founded in 1988 but has more than 100 years history before that. This medium-bodied, dark-fruited Cabernet Franc has all of the variety's trademarks. A touch of oak spice, medium tannins, and pepper make for a quaffable and easy drinking dry red. Pair this with barbecued pork and charred spring onions.

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From the Loire to the North Fork to Coonawara Australia, good folks are making scrumptious Cab Francs and I love them. This one, from winemaker Kate Goodman, is youthful, modern, vibrant, unoaked and driven by its fragrant fruit profile. Bursting with complex whole bunch characters of violets, sliced pepper, Turkish delight and spice, with a juicy palate of smooth yet cheeky tannins that support a core of intensely flavored fruit. Established in 1988 by the descendants of the pioneering Penfold (yep, those Penfolds) and Tolley families, Penley Estate is located in Coonawarra, the heart of one of South Australia’s greatest wine regions where the Terra Rossa soils were selected for their ability to produce terroir-driven wines of true regional character. The Estate is now widely regarded as one of the region’s leading producers.

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South Australia's Coonawarra region has the same limestone-rich soil found in some areas of McLaren Vale. Surrounded on two sides by water on what is known as the “limestone coast,” Coonawarra is subject to ample rainfall and the cooling influences of the Indian Ocean - in short, exceptional growing conditions. These wines tend toward a more supple and elegant style, featuring lots of berried fruits with a bit more of the bright acidity that grapes grown in limestone-rich soils tend to have,...

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Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal wine, and in Bordeaux where it is still used in moderate percentages in the typical blends. In fact,...

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Australian Shiraz (made from the grape called “Syrah” in other parts of the world) shows the essence of the outback: it’s big, bold, and a little rough around the edges. The vast country leaves lots of room for variation, however, with its many terroirs each yielding distinctively styled wines. The climate of South Australia’s McLaren Vale district is heavily influenced by the ocean; wines here typically show savory notes of olive and spice on the nose and deep berry flavors on the palate....

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South Australia

South Australia is home to nearly half the country's wine production as well as the center of premium Shiraz production. It contains the Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, and Coonawarra regions.

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