Since its first vintage in 1976, Koonunga Hill's reputation has been built upon its affordable price, its approachability in its youth, with a 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.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
The Shiraz Cabernet blend is routinely the best of the Penfolds Koonunga Hill range. It’s also the one you’re least likely to find discounted. The 2011 was a miss; was keen to see whether this 2012 is up to scratch.
It’s a satisfying release. Pretty happy with this one. Good fruit, food weight, well-balanced. It doesn’t scream “cellar me”, it’s made for immediate consumption, but if you popped some of this in the cellar it would live and mature comfortably for quite a number of years. Good strong finish. This is the best Koonunga Hill I’ve tasted for quite some time. Rated the 2011 at 83 points, by comparison. Indeed it’s better than some of the (much) higher priced Penfolds “bin” wines from 2011. End result is we’re talking “case buy” territory here. Rating 91 - Drink by 2022+, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au (SEPT/2014).
The stamp of Penfolds, and of the great vintage, are the pillars of this very well balanced and moderately complex wine; predominantly black fruits, and hints of earth and leather, provide the flavour, fine grained tannins the texture. Rating 89 - Drink by 2018, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JUN/2014).
Deep garnet-purple in color and opening with notes of pure plum and black cherry accented by hints of tar and licorice, the 2012 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet is a medium to full-bodied wine offering mouth-filling fruit, a medium level of velvety tannins and a nice freshness and vibrancy on the long finish. Drink it now to 2017+. Rating 87 - Drink by2017, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, erobertparker.com (FEB/2014).
Winery Tasting Notes
Bright crimson red.
A youthful Koonunga Hill disposition arises. Dark sour-cherry, blackberry, rhubarb fruits abound. Aromas of malt, oats, wheat germ with a green olive and pomegranate alert. Integrated, supportive oak awaken.
Compact, defined. Pomegranate, plum, dark berry fruits. A white chocolate mousse, creamy dairy chocolate flavour, texture amalgam. On the finish, a charry, smokey impression.