Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling

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Vintage History:

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.
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Origin Barossa and Eden Valleys (South Australia).
Maturation Bottled soon after completion of fermentation, to preserve freshness and minerality.
Fermentation Stainless steel fermenters.
Variety Riesling.
First Vintage 2008.

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Behind Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling

Peter Gago
Penfolds Chief Winemaker

"An expressive highly aromatic riesling.  Floral and citrus notes combine with crisp mouth-watering acidity to make this a versatile wine suitable both as an aperitif and as a partner for richer seafood dishes."


The growing season was defined by cooler than average days and warmer than average nights, combined with a lack of rain that began in mid-September. Total rainfall, from the start of May 2012 to the start of April 2013 was 35% down on the long term average. A relatively dry, early and quick vintage was experienced in Eden Valley with the Riesling harvest commencing in mid-February. Riesling harvested early retained both natural acidity and great depth of flavour, showing all the hallmarks of a classic year.