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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.
Now - 2025. Drinking well now, but will improve with time.
Dark plum with a cherry hue.
Lifted aromatics of red liquorice, fennel root and black rose prevail. Brooding red and black berry “Chambord” is peppered with dried sage, thyme and toasty oak notes.
Bright and textural with ripe blood plums, dark cherry and blackberries -amplified by tones of vanilla bean creaminess and warm spice.
Dried rosemary and sage give the wine a sense of earthiness.
Fine, elegant tannins which frame and capture fruit depth providing length and balance.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Clare Valley, Padthaway.
Maturation: 10 months in seasoned oak hogsheads.
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.2 g/L, pH: 3.61
Variety: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Plentiful winter rainfall offered the grapevines across South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles in the lead up to the growing season. Spring was quite cool, initially slowing down vine growth. Temperatures gradually warmed in October with vines producing large canopies, little irrigation was required. Growers had to work hard to control vigour and crop size. Vintage was delayed by up to a month in some regions. Harvest was generally dry favouring fully ripened grapes with well-developed colours and flavours.
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.