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25 June 2014

2008 Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet

Tony Stelzer,

Vintage: 2008
Price: $17
Points: 93
Alcohol: 14.5%
Region: Predominantly Barossa, Coonawarra, Mt Lofty Ranges and Mt Benson
Tasted: March 2010
Closure: Screw Cap

It was a lot of fun buying Koonunga Hill in the mid-90s, leaving it in my cellar for what seemed like far too long, then pulling it out and wowing all and sundry with a wine that I picked up for next to nothing. There are still a few of those kicking around in there somewhere. And in a decade’s time there will be more because 2008 Seventy Six takes us back to those days where you could put a decent Penfolds wine in the cellar without forking out a fortune. “This is the start of the proper 2008s,” Peter Gago announced when he served it. This wine saw 33% new oak, which everyone thought was a typo because the first couple of vintages were more like 3.5%. That’s a big investment in a bargain wine, but it’s loaded with the berry fruits, black plum and liquorice flavours to handle its dark choc oak with consummate ease. Treat it like a Bin red and don’t be too eager.