(2011 Vintage) 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.
Colour: Crimson red. Nose: Rich Christmas cake and summer pudding aromas are obvious on the nose with more subtle cinnamon / spicy oak notes adding complexity on the nose. Palate: Deeper, darker fruits are more obvious on the palate with plums, blueberry and dark cherries. Tannins and fruit are well balanced with Shiraz providing a fleshy mouthfeel and Cabernet delivering length and structure, with varietal, chalky tannins. Dark chocolate notes linger on the finish in typical Koonunga Hill style. Food Matches: Ideal with rich tomato based Mediterranean dishes.
Bottle says it shows a dark berry, chocolate and spice character enhanced by a subtle oak nuance.
very good given its age (drank in 2011), bold w/o being sharp, good value buy
rich dark berry, chocolate and spice enhanced by subtle toasty oak
Bought in NYC. Tasted like wines from Rome and Venice.
smooth bodied wine
good first night, not so good second
smooth and light
nicely fruity, Beth liked a lot
full-bodied strong finish
Rondiene and I loved it
great with prime rib
great with cheddar
high in resverital
good table red.
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2014