It hasn’t snagged awards in the global arena, but signs show that PengWine winery, which names its wines after different penguin species native to South America, has plenty of potential to draw plaudits their way.
PengWine is young. It produces only seven blended wines, with Cabernet Sauvignon acting as the base grape. A good introduction to the range is the Gentoo 2003 ($60), a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz: it boasts a good structure with notes of caramel and berries. The Humboldt 2003 ($65) is a display of power and finesse: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet France, Petit Verdot and Malbec combine to endow it with a very fruity, velvety character and hints of soil and vanilla—cellar this red for a few more years, and this penguin will flaunt a finer coat of feathers.