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Penfolds Shiraz Koonunga Hill South Australia 2012

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This shiraz is a plumper style with plush red-berried fruits, generosity of flavour and supple ripe tannins. It has excellent structure and length, and while it is ready for drinking now, the Koonunga Hill Shiraz will gain further complexity over the next two to four years.

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Penfolds Shiraz Koonunga Hill South Australia

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,435
3.50 5
10/06/2014

Decidedly violet toned on the nose with a touch of passionfruity spiciness accenting the pepper core of black plum and basalt toned nose that gains vanilla and smoke top notes with air. fascinating in the mouth. texturally this is smooth and almost a bit dull on the palate with a base of woody, nutty flavors that keeps this low on the palate but at the same time there are those lovely hints of violets here, flashes of coffee beans, and wild blackberry flavors that pop on the palate. This finishes decidedly on the fresher side of the wine, with fine grained tannins lingering on the palate but plenty of fresh and spicy plummy fruit laced with wood spice covering them. A little like drinking two wines at once but in the end this is kind of delicious. 87pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,435
4.40 5
10/06/2014

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Penfolds Shiraz Koonunga Hill South Australia

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
04/09/2014

This shiraz is a plumper style with plush red-berried fruits, generosity of flavor and supple ripe tannins. It has excellent structure and length.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/03/2014

Koonunga Hill Shiraz offers rich Shiraz fruit flavours of plums and blueberries layered with a touch of pepper and spice. The wine has excellent structure and length, and while it is ready for drinking now, the wine will continue to develop in the short term.This Shiraz is a plumper style with plush red-berried fruits, generosity of flavour and supple ripe tannins. It has excellent structure and length, and while it is ready for drinking now, the Koonunga Hill Shiraz will gain further complexity over the next two to four years. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/17/2014

Koonunga Hill Shiraz offers rich Shiraz fruit flavours of plums and blueberries layered with a touch of pepper and spice. The wine has excellent structure and length, and while it is ready for drinking now, the wine will continue to develop in the short term. This Shiraz is a plumper style with plush red-berried fruits, generosity of flavour and supple ripe tannins. It has excellent structure and length, and while it is ready for drinking now, the Koonunga Hill Shiraz will gain further complexity over the next two to four years. - Winery



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This shiraz is a plumper style with plush red-berried fruits, generosity of flavour and supple ripe tannins. It has excellent structure and length, and while it is ready for drinking now, the Koonunga Hill Shiraz will gain further complexity over the next two to four years.

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