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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.
Now-2018. Drinking at its peak.
Pale straw with lime green hues.
The usual suspects beckon here - honeydew melon and limey citrus at the fore, with alluring background hints of white stone-fruit… Scents of paperbark oak and oatmeal arise, coupled with a creaminess (from time on yeast lees?) adding intrigue.
Zingy and zesty!
Limey, citrus fruit with complexing almond meal and a light creamy texture. Subtle, barely perceivable oak. Refreshing, balanced acidity allows this Koonunga Hill expression to be enjoyed upon release and optimally across the following 12 months.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia.
Maturation: Bottled soon after completion of fermentation, to preserve freshness and minerality.
Fermentation: Stainless steel and seasoned oak for six months.
Grape Variety: Chardonnay.
The 2016 Adelaide Hills growing season commenced under mild and dry conditions. Rainfall was below-average throughout winter and dry conditions persisted through spring resulting in early vine growth. Conditions for set and flowering were favourable and contributed towards above-average vintage yields. Rain events during January and February were, for the most part, pre-veraison.
Cool February conditions meant that ripening was steady and the slightly early start to vintage was a result of a mild and dry growing season. February and March weather allowed for a steady harvest, favourable flavor development and acid retention.
Launched in 1991, Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay mirrors its sister red wines as one of Australia's best value white wines, offering exceptional quality at an affordable price.