2022 Penley Estate Project E Cabernet Sauvignon

Concrete Egg fermented and matured Coonawarra Cabernet. Such a lovely individual expression of this classic Australian wine style.

Sale price$50.00
In stock, ready to ship

Rendering loop-subscriptions

Save to wishlist


The 'E' in Project E stands for 'Egg'. A concrete egg, to be exact.

Where the use of alternative vessels (terracotta amphora, ceramic etc.) has been embraced by some sectors of the more adventurous wine-producing crowd in other parts of Australia, back in 2019 this was the first wine ever in Coonawarra that started its life in an egg.

The beauty of a concrete vessel like this is that it breathes similar to the way an oak barrel does, softening the tannins, allowing the flavours and aromas of the fruit to slowly develop with oxygen, however, concrete is effectively inert so there's no oak flavour imparted.

What you get in the finished wine is the pure essence of Coonawarra Cabernet in all it's regal beauty. They say great wine is all about the fruit. well, with this wine, there's nothing else to taste!

"This way and that, it pulls you; in a good way. It's all boysenberry and blackcurrant with tips of mint, and the general feel is vibrant/unadorned."
- 93 pts, Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

"Really like this, and think it will be better again with some more time to settle into bottle."
- 93 pts, Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

TASTING NOTES – Ever so fragrant: there’s mulberry, lilac and blackcurrant. Raspberry licorice, pomegranate and bramble. All of the forest fruits really jumping out of your glass, and not a hint of wood flavour to be seen. Its juicy. Almost squishy. Like the perfect punnet of raspberries bursting on your palate. And the tannin, oh we could talk about the tannin for DAYS.

ARTWORK – Bruna Vettori – Bruna Vettori is an artist from Brazil. She is an economist with a creative soul and found a way to translate her feelings and connect with the world through art.

Back in 2019 we made the first concrete egg wine to come out of Coonawarra, this is the fourth time we have made this wine.

93 points - "Fermented in a stone egg and left on skins for 226 days. No oak maturation. The fruit flavours here are fresher than a daisy but the undertow of tannin is yet significant. This way and that, it pulls you; in a good way. It's all boysenberry and blackcurrant with tips of mint, and the general feel is vibrant/unadorned. This was very young/raw at the time of tasting but it's another very good release." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

93 points - "Blood plum, blackcurrant, dried flowers, a flicker of mint and dried herb. It’s medium-bodied, offers plenty of crunch and energy, lots of fine stony/crushed rock tannin, brambly and crisp, with a little roasted red capsicum/pimento thing happening on a finish of brightness and precision. Really like this, and think it will be better again with some more time to settle into bottle." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


Penley is one of the most progressive producers in the Coonawarra region. Born of a historic meeting of Reginald Lester Tolley & Judith Anne Penfold Hyland in 1945, two iconic Australian wine houses were melded under the Penley banner (Pen-folds & Tol-ley).

Today the estate is owned by sisters Ang and Bec Tolley, with the wines made by the gifted Kate Goodman. The sisters' mandate to Kate when she took the top job was simply to make the best wines she possibly could. Kate believes that, "Experimentation is the key to making great wine..." which has produced a fresh modern style of Coonawarra which both honours tradition and promotes innovation.

These wines have lovely balance and poise, they have a brightness and vivaciousness that is outside the norm for the region. Kate is rightly receiving high accolades for her work at Penley, bringing a fresh take to a historic region and reimagining Coonawarra for a new generation of wine lovers.

Winemaker Kate Goodman with owners Ang and Bec Tolley Discover Penley

Others also liked

Recently viewed


Delivery is free on orders of $150 or more!

For orders under this amount, delivery is calculated at checkout based on your postcode. You can order in any quantity or combination of wines you like. Straight dozens are not required.

We will dispatch your order the same or next business day.

Estimated delivery transit time varies depending on your location. Please review this page for specific estimates.

Sydney (Our Vans): If no one is home and there are no special delivery instructions our driver will try to call for instructions. If the driver believes there is a safe space to leave your wine they will do so if not, they will return the item to us and hold your order until further instruction from you. 

Melbourne (Anonymous Wine Freight): If no one is home and there are no special delivery instructions, the courier will try to call for instructions. If the driver believes there is a safe space to leave your wine they will do so. if not, they will return the item to their dispatch centre and hold until further instruction from you.

Australia Post: Australia Post will leave the parcel if they have been given authority to leave and it is deemed safe to do so. To give your Authority to Leave, please enter this in the 'SPECIAL REQUEST' box at checkout.


We want Different Drop customers to always be getting the best price. If you see a lower price elsewhere, just get in touch and we will sort it out for you. We handle all our price-matching on a case by case basis.

Some things to keep in mind: 

  • Retrospective price-matching is available for 30 days after you have purchased from us.
  • The price match cannot be used in conjunction with a coupon or one-off deal we are offering. The idea is for you to get the best price in the market so if that is already achieved through a coupon then we won't price match on top of that.
  • We don't price match clearance or fire sales.
  • We’ll match the listed price as long as it is a legitimate offer and the competing store is actually able to fulfil the order (they have stock or more stock is en route). Essentially we won't price match cheeky vendors listing wines they have no hope of actually getting for you...
  • It must be a publicly listed price. We won't match a price that has been achieved through a coupon/cash-back arrangement, or through a non-advertised offer over the phone or otherwise.  
  • It is limited to a reasonable retail quantity.

We'll treat each price match request on its merit and reserve the right to refuse where we deem fit. For example, particularly rare wines, from non-trust-worthy vendors, in circumstances we deem illegitimate or if we feel our policy is being unfairly taken advantage of.

At the end of the day, we'll look after you and use common sense to ensure you're getting the best price, please just don't take the p%$$!

No, feel free to mix it up! There is no minimum requirement. You can order wines in any quantity or combination, 1 or 50+ bottles.

We stock three different sized gift boxes (single, three bottle and six), all are available for purchase for a flat rate of $8. They look great and make an awesome impression.

To add a gift box to your order, simply add at checkout. The special requests box is your friend, please give us as many details of what you are looking for and we will try our best, or get in contact to discuss it with you. 

If you want to bulk order gifts or if you have any trouble please email hello@differentdrop.com or call and we can try and help.


If you can't add more wine to your cart it means we are low on stock of that wine. For example, if you are only able to 3 bottles and no more that means we only have 3 bottles left of that wine. If it's a must have, please contact us and we may be able to order more in for you.

Call Us

Send a message