Koonunga Hill

Koonunga Hill Chardonnay 2018

Koonunga Hill Chardonnay reflects Penfolds' multi-region, multi-vineyard blending policy, which enables winemakers to source the best parcels of fruit to produce consistently high quality wines from each vintage. A light to medium bodied Chardonnay with distinctive primary fruit characters, sustained intensity and a subtle underlay of moderate oak. 

When To Drink

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

Taste Description

Colour
Vibrant pale straw.

Nose
Lovely tropical fruits, Granny Smith apple skin and hints of Nashi pear with supportive creamy nougat/praline oak.
Wonderful integration of oak!

Palate
A very balanced palate, with 6 months yeast lees contact evident in the texture of the palate.
The nougat/praline oak follows through with a crunchy citrus-like mouth watering acid to finish.
A Chardonnay that’s not too ‘heavy’ showing a nice lightness to the palate.

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. 

Maturation: Stainless steel, French oak. 

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 12.5% Acidity: 6.1 g/L pH 3.28 

Variety: Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions
South Australia’s cool climate regions experienced above average winter rainfall providing good soil moisture profiles leading into the growing season. Drier conditions prevailed from September through to April. Spring provided ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set while the Summer temperatures rose above the long-term average. Healthy vine canopies shielded the berries from adversity and grapes were able to ripen evenly across the regions. The 2018 vintage quality was exceptional, with lovely varietal flavour and pronounced natural acidity.
History

1991.

“Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay mirrors its sister red wines as one of Australia’s best value white wines, offering quality at an affordable price.”

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