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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.
Energetic red fruits wrapped around a steely spine.
Aromatics belie the wines regional composition. Ripeness has been swapped for pink peppercorn, white plum and the complexities of fresh Thai mint … more reminiscent of cool climate pockets around the world. Red mulberry and white chocolate offer sweetness.
Raspberry and white chocolate generosity persists on the palate.
Tannins appear effortless and enmeshed within fruit, namely white cherry and rhubarb.
Oak sits in the background and layered behind crunchy acidity.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra..
Maturation: 12 months in seasoned oak.
Wine Analysis:Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 5.9 g/L, pH: 3.63 .
Variety: 77% Shiraz and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines across South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Cool days and cooler nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures warming in October. The lower than average temperatures and abundant rainfall during the growing season produced a vintage that challenged both winemakers and viticulturists alike. Weather conditions during ripening were generally dry with prevailing conditions 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.