Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

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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.
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Origin Multi-regional blend, South Australia, from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Langhorne Creek and Bordertown. May vary considerably depending on vintage conditions.
Maturation 12 months’ maturation in 3- to 4-year-old oak hogsheads.
Fermentation Stainless steel fermenters.
Variety Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The proportions vary but Shiraz is always the dominant variety.
First Vintage 1976.
92 points 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2010
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

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Behind Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

Penfolds vintage conditions - grape harvest


With above-average winter rainfalls and cool conditions that followed during the spring period, South Australian regions generally experienced a later budburst and disease pressures impacted to varied degrees across the state. Meticulous vineyard management was critical. Spring soil moisture levels resulted in healthy shoot growth and early canopy development. Healthy vegetative growth continued during the cooler spring months and delayed veraison and berry development in the New Year. A few warm days at the end of January guaranteed the completion of veraison and commencement of the ripening season. Multiple rain events, often isolated, meant that attention to sub-regional detail was required and selective harvesting of pristine fruit. Low baumes at harvest coincided with flavour development. With a focus on warmer regions, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley fruit sourcing prevailed.