When Tony and Susie Parkinson bought an 80-acre parcel in 1988 near a place called Penny's Hill, it seemed natural for this to become the name of their vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon was the logical choice as to which grape they would plant because Penny's Hill was in McLaren Vale, the home to Australia's finest Cabernets.
Fast forward 10 years and an adjacent parcel was added to the vineyard, which 50 years earlier had been sold off from the original estate. The Parkinsons reunited the land and brought back its deep-rooted history of great wines. Now, the entire Penny's Hill operation consists of three vineyard sites in McLaren Vale and one in Adelaide, and all are managed sustainably.
Penny's Hill Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted in 1993, and the grapes are now in their prime. The plot is hand-tended and designed to be low-yield, producing intense, flavorful fruit. When you read of the most heralded wines from this area, it's no surprise that Cabernet Sauvignon is mentioned more often than Shiraz.
Cabernet is the king grape of McLaren Vale and Penny's Hill is at the forefront. Because of the cool, coastal climate, the grapes are allowed to mature on the vines much longer without losing structure and length. It's an ideal setting.
The result is a rich, ripe offering which screams Cabernet, but also exhibits a soft center keeping the entire experience from going over the edge. Plum, cherry and vanilla carry through to the broad, extracted finish and beyond.