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13 May 2010

Mighty Penfolds Still the Monarch Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Phillip White, The Independent Weekly

I simply cannot imagine why you’d risk fewer dollars on cleanskins of dubious provenance when you can buy this for the price of two schooners of beer. It’s an audacious, cheeky, sassy wine: a brash brat from the Bash Street Kids. The fruit cannot be contained. The stylish oak tries to wrap up that fruit, but it leaps off again and there you go after it, glass after glass. I thought at first the wine had been made like a Beaujolais, with carbonic maceration, but no, Peter Gago assures me, it’s straight down the line conventional winemaking in the Penfolds style.

Points: 80+
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 13.5%
Price: $9
Closure: screw cap

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