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Wine of the Week #1543: Penny’s Hill “Cracking Black” Shiraz

2013 Penny’s Hill “Cracking Black” Shiraz


Why We Love It:

Penny’s Hill is a winery whose international reputation for quality and wide distribution often suggests a size and scale beyond its boutique stature. Since its inception in 1995, Penny’s Hill has proudly lived up to its moniker, offering wines that are “Proudly Australian – More So McLaren Vale”. This “Cracking Black” Shiraz draws its name from the famous Bay of Biscay soils, which dry and crack along the surface, and which comprise the basis of some of Australia’s most celebrated and sought after winegrowing sites. These soils are known to produce wines, like this new release from Penny’s Hill, which deliver a somewhat more medium-bodied expression of Shiraz, showcasing brilliant freshness, tension and balance. Given the oft-overblown nature of this grape when over-cropped and over-extracted, this infinitely more drinkable version is a welcome relief to those aspiring to finish more than the first half-glass of wine sitting before them.

Food Pairings:

Tempura Fried Onions, Rare Striploin & Gorgonzola Pizza – RECIPE

Mustard & Herb Crusted Lamb Tenderloin – RECIPE

Bacon Wrapped Bison Meatloaf w/ Mustard Hollandaise – RECIPE


BOTTLE: $21.95

CASE: $263.40


Technical Specs:

ALCOHOL: 14.5%


Case Pack: 12 x 750mL

GRAPES: 100% Shiraz

CLOSURE: Screwcap

CELLAR POTENTIAL: Drink now to 2030


Tasting Notes:

“A picture-perfect example of medium-bodied McLaren Vale shiraz from an impressive vintage; blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice engage the palate from the first sip; has very good length and balance.”

94 / 100 Points

James Halliday / James Halliday’s Wine Companion

“Smoky, black and brooding with chary dark fruit and toasty oak. Full-bodied with smoke. Pair with prime rib. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, marinated pepper steaks, Muscovy duck, grilled bison strip steaks.”

91 / 100 Points

Natalie MacLean /

Wine of the Week #1543: 2013 Penny’s Hill “Cracking Black” Shiraz


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