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History & Philosophy

As the land acquired in 1988 for the establishment of vineyards by Tony & Susie Parkinson sat on foothills at the base of Penny’s Hill, east of McLaren Vale, so the vineyard was named. In 1991 they planted the initial narrow-rows of Shiraz, aimed at minimum crops for maximum quality, and with the 1995 vintage the decision was made to bottle and label a small quantity of wine under the distinctive ‘red dot’ packaging. Behind the slogan 'Proudly Australian. More so McLaren Vale', Penny’s Hill is now an established premium estate producer of award-winning, fruit driven wines which reflect the outstanding diversity of terroir upon which McLaren Vale has grown its reputation.

Vineyard & Climate

Proximity to the ocean and a backdrop of gently folding hills generates for McLaren Vale a true maritime climate. This in combination with an ancient and diverse geology, ensures generous, elegant and flavoursome wines. Penny’s Hill vineyards are hand-tended and hand-pruned with careful canopy management. Located on three estate sites over varied soil types, including black Bay of Biscay, the estate has built an enviable reputation for highly rated Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Merlot grapes. The appointment of winemaker Alexia Roberts, a young, passionate and experienced enthusiast for the region, marks an exciting new era for Penny’s Hill - 26 years on from its foundation.

PENNY'S HILL,  Australia

'The Agreement' Sauvignon Blanc
From the Kuitpo vineyard in the Southern Adelaide Hills 'The Agreement' is the result of an agreement between the Anthony's (Toop and Parkinson). Vibrant gooseberry notes followed by citrus and melon fruits show great purity and elegance.

'The Handshake' Chardonnay
A vibrant nose showing gooseberry, melon and lime zest with hints of sage and freshly cut grass. Flinty with crisp minerality, this wine shows fine balance and clean, natural acidity.

'Cracking Black' Shiraz

Paying homage to the black Bay of Biscay soils which contribute elegance and finesse to the mighty Shiraz wines of the region. Generous red berry and plum fruits with hints of spice, aniseed and chocolate.

'The Experiment' Grenache

A wine of exceptional flavour, character and elegance. A vibrant nose showing red cherry and strawberry notes with hints of white pepper. On the palate fine, savoury tannins provide structure and balance.

'Skeleton Key' Shiraz
A deliberately long-aged expression of the best of Penny's Hill McLaren Vale vineyard. 'Skeleton Key' is cellared and carefully bottle aged before it is unlocked. Redcurrant and blackberry fruit are complimented by layers of spice, dried herbs and chocolate.

'The Veteran' Very Old Fortified
Rich and concentrated with notes of fruit cake, raisins and apricot jam - the perfect indulgence. Fortified with a high quality brandy spirit, the distinctive nutty, 'rancio' character of this fine old Tawny is the result of more than 20 years of ageing in oak barrels.

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