Thursday, July 23, 2015

Penny's Hill Winery #Penny'sHill #McLaren Vale #Wine

On the way home from Lady Bay, I often drop into a few of my favourite McLaren Vale wineries to  stock up.  Penny's Hill Winery is one of them.

"Ingleburne" is an iconic building acting as a sentinel to the Penny's Hill vineyards and winery.  It was built in 1846 for Thomas Overton and was formerly known as Gedney. It was even a school for a short period of time. Thomas Goss purchased the property in 1884, after doing well on the goldfields and named the property "Ingleburne".

Tony and Susie Parkinson started buying up land in the area in 1988, beginning with 32 hectares of grazing land and planted it to vine in 1991.  Further land purchases followed in 1993 and 1996 and finally the homestead "Ingleburne" was purchased in 1998.

The property has a number of outbuildings, including the more recently built cellar door and restaurant complex.

Sculptures by Rod Manning are dotted around the property. These sculptures are for sale. You can check out his website here for more information.

There is a indoor gallery called Red Dot Gallery, with all the art work for sale.

The cellar door is inviting with a slow combustion fire and comfy chesterfield lounges. You have a choice of tasting 7 reds, 2 whites a fortified and an almond liqueur.  There must be a racing car-driver enthusiast among the family as the winery also does a limited edition Stirling Moss range to commemorate the English racing car driver's wins over 60 years ago.

This time around I came away with a dozen of their 2013 Edwards Road Cabernet Sauvignon. Edwards Road is a premium 5 acre block planted to cabernet in 1993. The vines are hand tended and low yielding. 

From Thursday to Monday from 12pm the winery serves lunch at The Kitchen Door or more casually at Drew's Verandah.  The Kitchen Door offers a la carte or the degustation, matched with wines.

The outbuildings even include a chook house.... and chooks of course.

Aren't they beautiful.

(Most of the information was sourced from the Penny's Hill website, which you can find here
All the photos are mine, except the photo of the bottle of wine, which I sourced from their website).

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