Koonunga Hill

Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling 2016

In the early 1970s legendary winemaker Max Schubert began the quest for a range of white wines that would equal the already famous red wines of Penfolds. One of the first wines from these trials was named Autumn Riesling. Some of Penfolds’ finest riesling parcels in the early 1970s were bottled under this label and the Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling acknowledges the original 1972 vintage by closely adhering to the original packaging with a fitting 'retro' label.

The wine pays further homage to the original through being specially crafted to develop further with bottle age. A fine talc acid structure gives great length of flavour and 'linearity' to this wine and the small addition of traminer makes it a truly unique offering.

When To Drink

Now-2019.  Drinking well now, but will improve with time.

Taste Description

Colour
Pale straw.

Nose
Highly aromatic, lifted. Varietally pure.
Fragrant citrus fruits (lime pastille/mandarin) and elderflower with sherbet nuances.
Background aromas of curry spice, turmeric and nutmeg. 

Palate
A curry spice continuum across the zesty, citrus-driven palate – somewhat akin to mandarin sherbet.
A lively taut acidity - offering a wonderfully balanced structure.
Indeed, a notable aromatic, flavour & structural example of classic Australian Riesling.
Offers immediate drinking enjoyment … which no doubt will extend into the future!

Technical Information

Origin: Eden Valley, South Australia.

Maturation: Bottled soon after completion of fermentation, to preserve freshness and minerality.

Fermentation: Six months in stainless steel.

Variety: Riesling.

Vintage Conditions

The start of the growing season was approximately one week late with budburst and shoot growth relatively even across the region. Flowering started in October and lasted about one week. Spring and summer were very dry with rainfall well below average, which stretched depleted water resources.

The mild summer with a lack of heat waves ensured the fruit was able to ripen evenly and develop desirable flavours without the threat of stressful heat events. 

History
First vintaged in 2008. 

The origins of Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling are steeped in post-war innovation and experimentation.  The development of late-picked, dry-riesling styles during the 1960s established the reputation of Eden Valley and Clare Valley as premium South Australian wine regions. 

Ahead of its time, the original 1971 Autumn Riesling was sealed with screwcaps to preserve freshness and longevity.  
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