Koonunga Hill

Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2016

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon has established itself as one of Australia's favourite premium red wines. Since its first vintage in 1976, Koonunga Hill's reputation has been built upon its affordable price, its approachability in its youth, with the potential to develop if carefully cellared. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet is very much a reflection of the Penfolds winemaking style and philosophy. Sourced from premium vineyards across South Australia, the wine is known for its full-flavoured style with excellent Shiraz and Cabernet fruit, firm yet well-rounded structure and balanced oak.

Made as a traditional 'Australian blend', the Shiraz component provides fleshy fruit flavour while Cabernet provides a frame of fine grained tannins.

When To Drink

Now - 2022. Drinking well now, but will improve with time.

Taste Description


Lively and fresh red-berried fruits leap out of glass... and then, scents of pomegranate and rhubarb.
An ascent of olive nuances no doubt Cabernet derived? Ditto, tomato leaf. Until swamped by a wave of shiraz spice & fruit.
Subtle, supportive oak registers.

A balanced, rich and full palate.
The olive aromatics noted above transpose and merge effortlessly into the palate’s flavour pool.
Grainy, softened tannins and bright acidity induce immediate appeal and drinkability.

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Padthaway and Wrattonbully.

Maturation: 10 months in American oak.

Fermentation: Stainless steel fermenters.

Variety: 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Conditions

Winter rainfall and the average minimum and maximum temperatures were below the long term average. Although rainfall remained low across the spring growing season, the temperatures were significantly warmer which accelerated vine growth. Harvest was underway by mid-February in generally warm conditions.

Late in February the temperatures dropped slowing the harvest and allowing good flavour development for the later ripening blocks and varietals. Overall quality and yields were very pleasing across all the main growing regions in South Australia.

Expert Reviews

Top 50 New World Wines: Decanter Magazine (UK) Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2002.

Great Value Red Wine of the Year: 2001 London International Wine Challenge (UK) Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 1999.

First Vintage: 1976.