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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.
Drinking well, but will improve with time. Now - 2021.
Very pale straw with lime green hues.
Instant white peach stone fruit flavours abound ensued by a lovely array of florals –orange blossom and jasmine. Fresh and pure with a light creaminess arising from time spent on yeast lees in French oak. Lovely fruit and oak integration.
Stone fruits persist alongside fresh citrus and green apple and just a splashing of honey suckle. Fine and pure with a subtle and soft oak influence finishing with a long, mineral acid structure that gives great length of flavour.
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.
Above-average winter and spring rainfall provided healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Cool days and cooler nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures warming in October. A mild and mostly dry start to summer was followed by two significant rain events in February. Rainfall slowed in early autumn with a high heat cycle quickly following. Moving into March, mild days slowed the ripening with cool nights and warm days persisting until harvest.
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.