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Penfolds Koonunga Cabernet/Merlot 2005

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Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

Member Reviews for Penfolds Koonunga Cabernet/Merlot

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Snooth User: rockportrait
177143230
2.50 5
05/08/2009

A little sharp on the palate. Not terribly smooth - disappointing compared to expectations.


Snooth User: rockportrait
177143230
3.00 5
05/08/2009

Similar to other recently opened from the same batch. Allowed wine to breathe in the glass for about 20 minutes, after which typical solid characteristics of this wine appeared. Very much a regular table wine - not one to bring out at special occasions. Will keep some for a few years to review, as I've only ever considered this wine as a drink now.


Snooth User: rockportrait
177143230
3.00 5
05/08/2009

Pedestrian, but always dependable with pizza.


Snooth User: rockportrait
177143230
3.00 5
05/08/2009

Improving with age. Now a reasonably attractive quaffer.


Snooth User: da5idcz
4074716
3.00 5
01/10/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Penfolds Koonunga Cabernet/Merlot

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Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/24/2010

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet / Merlot 2005: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift, lagerfähig 5 - 7 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Barossa ValleyWeingut: PenfoldsRebsorte: 74% Cabernet Sauvignon 26% MerlotRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 6,5 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.13 Rotwein


External Review
05/05/2009

Dark maroon core out to slightly lighter rim. Fresh aromas of blackberry, raspberry and black cherry with subtle notes of spice. Soft and supple, this medium-bodied red features ripe, dark fruit flavors that are enhanced by coffee and chocolate notes... John Perry. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2005 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Merlot / Cabernet 750ml



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