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Penfolds Hyland Koonunga Hill Chard 2009

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Color: Straw in color. Nose: Clean and fresh with citrus notes and lifted florals that give way to green melon and subtle spicy oak nuances. Palate: A light to medium bodied Chardonnay with orchard fruits and citrus notes. A gentle creaminess provides texture on the palate while brisk acidity keeps the finish crisp and clean, with refreshing length.

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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

External Reviews for Penfolds Hyland Koonunga Hill Chard

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Elegant, lifted white peach fruit notes and lovely "bread and butter pudding" complexity.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This full-flavored wine has an appealing immediacy, with honeydew melon and nutmeg spicy sweetness on the mid-palate and a lively green apple edge maintaining freshness throughout. Maturation on lees has conferred a malty, creamy texture with subtle characters of creme caramel at the back. The tight core of fresh fruit gives depth and a lingering finish to this finely crafted wine.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Round, with pear and pepper flavors, echoing softly. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Light and brisk up front, this chardonnay builds to a plump, soft finish. A savory-sweet Aussie, chill this leesy white for aperitifs.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Ripe and generous, this remains light on its feet as the lime-accented pineapple and cream flavors flow. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Soft, easy, tropical and sweet from beginning to end. This is just the no-brainer that people who want an inexpensive Aussie Chard are looking for. A good quaff.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Fresh and appealing for its pear and black pepper aromatics and lively structure. Drink now through 2010.


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Color: Straw in color. Nose: Clean and fresh with citrus notes and lifted florals that give way to green melon and subtle spicy oak nuances. Palate: A light to medium bodied Chardonnay with orchard fruits and citrus notes. A gentle creaminess provides texture on the palate while brisk acidity keeps the finish crisp and clean, with refreshing length.

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