Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Screwcap Bottle

Koonunga Hill

Koonunga Hill Shiraz 2018

A multi regional blend of Shiraz from across South Australia’s premium wine growing regions. Koonunga Hill Shiraz is a plumper style with plush red-berried fruits, generosity of flavour and supple ripe tannins. It has excellent structure and length, and while it is ready for drinking now, the Koonunga Hill Shiraz will gain further complexity over the next two to four years.


When To Drink
Now - 2023.  Drinking well now, but will improve with time.
Taste Description

Medium depth, vibrant crimson

Raspberries and strawberries initially combine, a generosity of energetic red fruits.  
Serving as a great counterpoint to the Cabernet/Shiraz blend which offers dark fruits, Koonunga Hill Shiraz offers fresh cranberry, red currants and a sweetness that is reminiscent of red liquorice and white chocolate.  
Pink peppercorn spice scattered amongst the fruit and a violet-based floral allure.


Red plum, exotic aniseed and candied fennel add to the vibrant fruit mix that the nose suggests…..and unsurprisingly carries through to the palate. A slipperiness in texture, a succulence in acid profile and an elastic bounce on the palate. Subtle brioche/croissant pastry-like texture we have to assume is evidence of oak-derived maturation.  Fine tannins, tamed and seamless.


Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Langhorne Creek.

Maturation: 10 months 

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.1 g/L, pH: 3.60 

Variety: Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions
Above-average rainfall offered the grapevines across South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles in the lead up to the growing season. Spring was quite cool, conditions that initially slowed down vine growth. Temperatures gradually warmed in October with vines producing large canopies, little irrigation was required. It was a season that challenged grape growers, who had to work hard to control vigour and crop size. Vintage was delayed by up to a month in some regions. Weather conditions during harvest were generally dry favouring fully ripened grapes with well-developed colours and flavours.