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2018 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz

2018 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz

Koonunga Hill

2018 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz

Since its inception, Penfolds Koonunga Hill has always aimed to deliver quality, value and consistency. The original 1976 Koonunga Hill Claret is a legendary wine that is still drinking well today. A favourite at Penfolds Re-corking Clinics, collectors value its quality and longevity. Koonunga Hill Shiraz joined the range in 2002, a contemporary reflection of Penfolds multi-regional sourcing philosophy. Shiraz from the warmer districts of South Australia is carefully blended, with the Barossa Valley always well represented.

This wine is imported from Australia. State import laws allow us to ship this wine to the following states: AK, CA, DC, FL, MA, MN, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OR, SC, TN, WV, and WI.

Varietal Syrah / Shiraz
Vintage 2018
Volume 750mL

Taste Description

NOSE: 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.

PALATE: A blue-berried wash and glistening film covers the palate with conviction.
Viscous/marbled texture combines with suppleness and acid succulence.
Respectful acidity tightens the palate, clenching/compressing around a core of graphite and hazelnut:
Graphite confirms varietal and identity.
Hazelnut confirms oak maturation.
A plush texture which cushions the palate. Exotic intrigue.
Sweetness that dials up over time with air. All boxes ticked.

COLOR: Deep red, magenta brightness at the rim.

Vintage Note

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 vigor and crop size. Vintage was delayed by up to a month in some regions. Weather conditions during harvest were generally dry favoring fully ripened grapes with well-developed colors and flavors.

Viticulture & Winemaking

Peter Gago - Chief Winemaker

Peter joined the winemaking team in 1989, initially in the craftsmanship of sparkling wines, before moving on to reds as Penfolds Red Wine Maker. In 2002 Peter became the fourth ever Chief Winemaker for Penfolds. Together with his fellow winemakers, Peter’s careful custodianship has ensured that Grange and the other ‘older’ members of the Penfolds family, have continued to set the benchmark for their style and quality, while new additions to the range push the boundaries ever wider.