Wine Advocate 90 points - Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Hyland Shiraz has notes of warm mulberries, plums and blueberry preserves with nuances of Chinese five spice and aniseed. Concentrated, full bodied and with a medium to firm level of chewy tannins, it has lively acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2017. (Feb 2012)
The objective is to create a youthful, rich and mellow wine. Designed to drink now. A wine of varietal fruits but only the hint of American oak. Oak will add complexity to the flavours and enhance the fruit. This wine must show area characteristics, varietal fruit and have plenty of flavour.
Balance is a key feature in all Penley Wines, ensuring successful bottle maturation. This wine shows dominance of fruit with hints of smoky oak and grape tannin. A wine made to enjoy while the young distinct but elegant Coonawarra Shiraz characters are evident. Characters of ripe berry and hints of black peppers.