98 Points James Halliday
Helios is the best of the vintage, it captures the pinnacle of the year and the answer to every challenge given to the vineyard and winemaking teams. It is the personification of the sun. The best of Penley Estate.
“Powerful yet restrained, the combination of dense dark fruits, savoury notes and firm focused chalky tannins results in a pure expression of cabernet sauvignon. A wine with many years of cellaring potential ahead of it. A complex and dense nose full of dark fruits, blackcurrants, black olive and notes of bay leaf. The palate is succulent and juicy driven by a core of structural & balanced tannins. Layered dark fruits intertwined with savoury notes. A touch of bay and salty licorice. This is a wine of incredible vibrancy richness and complexity. Purity and finesse.” -Kate Goodman, Winemaker
“The high-shouldered brown glass bottle, with the far extreme of minimalist labelling (the statutory requirements of vintage and alcohol on a detachable neck label) is doubtless calculated to attract discussion. So should the ravishing cabernet made by Yarra Valley winemaker Kate Goodman. It’s only medium-bodied, but its intensity is of a scale seldom encountered. The cassis fruit is the ruby set in a necklace of bay leaf and superbly honed tannins. A vineyard bursting into song after 30 years of silence.” – 98 Points James Halliday