Lot 51, Penna Lane, Penwortham via Clare, 5453
Cellar Door: Thurs-Sun and public holidays (11-5)
(08) 8843 4364
Penna Lane is located at around 450 m in the Skilly Hills near the Spring Gully Conservation Park.
When it was purchased by Ray and Lynette Klavins in 1991 “the thirty five acre property was covered with Salvation Jane, truckloads of rubbish, and consisted of a derelict, ancient, dairy/shearing shed and an equally ancient, tumbled down piggery. But ... it was in a wonderful location, had fabulous views and would grow good grapes. It just needed huge amounts of work”. (Penna Lane website).
The first Cabernet vines were planted in 1994 and followed by Shiraz and Semillon. Stephen Stafford-Brookes, a fellow Roseworthy graduate, and his wife, Stacy came on board in 1998 and together the two families launched the Penna Lane brand. The cellar door opened on the first day of the new millennium.
The vines are virtually dry-grown with limited irrigation in drought years. The trellising is vertically positioned for better exposure.
The premium Willsmore Shiraz and Zinfandel also use fruit sourced from the Barossa and Langhorne creek.
In 2009 the winery was purchased by Peter Treloar, a co-founder of Heritage Wines (Barossa).
There are three types of Tasting notes:
(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)
(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer
(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)
Penna Lane Skilly Riesling 2016
Purchased: Not ($22)
Drink:2018 or 2028 if you like it toasty
(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016,from the higher altitude sub-region than the Watervale, taut lime and lemon sherbet with guava, orange blossom and green melon notes, slaty with pink grapefruit acidity (****)
Penna Lane Watervale Riesling 2016
Purchased: Not ($20)
(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, floral lemon zest and passionfruit with musky spices and lanolin, slightly broad tally with bright lemony acidity, chalky phenolics and respectable length (***1/2)
Penna Lane Shiraz 2015
Purchased: Not ($21)
(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, Silver Medal at Clare Valley Wine Show 2016, concentrated and jubey blackberry and black cherry with black pepper spices and a touch of plumcake and eucalyptus, medium-full bodied with chalky savoury tannins and a firm acid line (***1/2)
Penna Lane The Willsmore Shiraz 2007
Purchased: Not ($48)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, some Barossa input, intense and richly flavoured blackberry and black cherry with anise, brown spice and fruitcake notes, tarry palate with plenty of cedary dark chocolate from the 22 months in French oak, grainy tannins, the power comes from the fruit intensity rather than high alcohol (****1/2)
Penna Lane Clare Valley Riesling 2009
Purchased: Not ($20)
Drink: 2011 or 2019 if you like it toasty
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, piercing grapefruit and lime with orange blossom notes, very intense with good length and clean expressive acid, persistent minerality, this phenolic style will polarise consumers (***1/2)
Penna Lane The Willsmore Zinfandel 2006
Purchased: Not ($35)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, some Langhorne Creek input, tarry plum, blackberry and redcurrant with some fruitcake aspects, feels medium bodied with the alcohol kept to a respectable 15% given the variety, spicy mocha-chocolate oak, fine savoury tannins, fractionally forward but is solidly varietal (***1/2)
Penna Lane Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Purchased: Not ($24)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, dense and chewy core of blackcurrant and mulberry with eucalypt and anise, tarry and slightly forward palate with cedary chocolate from the French oak, mouth coating tannins but they feel quite silky (***1/2)
Penna Lane Clare Valley Rambling Rose 2009
Purchased: Not ($18)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, Cabernet/Shiraz saignee style, fresh and semi-sweet mulberry, plum and cherry with a light dusting of spice, dry finish with a touch of residual sugar (***)
Penna Lane Clare Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Purchased: Not ($14)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, not particularly intense or aromatic as is typical for the region, fresh cut grass, melon and tropical fruit with pronounced spicy asparagus and crisp lemon acidity, fairly good length (***)
Penna Lane The Willsmore Shiraz 2006
Purchased: Not ($48)
(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2008, a big and long cellaring wine with rich and tarry blackberry and black cherry with anise, brown spice and fruitcake notes, meaty with cedar-dark chocolate-vanilla from the 20 months in new French oak, grainy tannins, full bodied, satisfying and balanced with the alcohol kept to 14.5%(****1/2)