Named after one of Penfolds’ Barossa Valley vineyards, Koonunga Hill is very much a reflection of the Penfolds winemaking style and philosophy. Since the first vintage in 1976, the brand has steadily built a reputation based on widespread acclaim.
When the 1976 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet was first released, the local market was awash with surplus red wine. This meant the winemaking team would need to produce a superior product for a low sale price, if the new label was to have any hope of survival.
“There’s never been such a thing as a crook Koonunga Hill. It’s always a reliable drop, but in top years you can expect something out of the ordinary.” Don Ditter, former Penfolds Chief Winemaker and creator of Koonunga Hill.
The 1976 Shiraz Cabernet sold for less than $2 and was an instant success, immediately establishing Koonunga Hill’s esteemed reputation for over-delivering on quality, which continues to this day.
“The Koonunga Hill reds are all about freshness, generosity of flavour, richness and vivacity of fruit. These are affordable and great everyday drinking styles that reflect Penfolds’ remarkable vineyard resources and outstanding red winemaking skills.” Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker.