Some of Penfolds finest Riesling parcels in the early 1970s were bottled under the Autumn Riesling label.
Current Koonunga Hill vintages acknowledge the inaugural (screw capped) 1971 Autumn Riesling release by closely adhering to the original packaging with a fitting ‘retro’ label and screwcap.
The Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling, like its siblings, aims to deliver the quality, value and consistency for which this range is renowned.
An expressive, highly aromatic Riesling. Floral and citrus notes combine with crisp mouthwatering acidity to make this a versatile wine suitable both as an aperitif and as a partner for richer seafood dishes.
|Winemaker||The Penfolds Team|
Exotic, lifted and fresh. All about florals and citrus –Frangipani, Elderflower and orange blossom with lemon / lime and grapefruit pith. Ever so slight hints of almond flakes.
The palate is generous, soft and round. Citrus follows through, along with Honey Suckle and fresh apricot nectar. The sugar and acid are in perfect harmony with the soft, lightly chalky acid very much a part of the textural component of the wine. Approachable and perfect drinking now.
Cool-climate Eden Valley is no lush farmland with gently undulating hills: its rugged, windswept terrain and steeply sloping gradients are peppered with rocky outcrops and gnarled gum trees. Eden Valley’s ancient soils and its varied topography nourish a range of distinctive, aromatic and elegant wines. Traditional grape growing in the region focuses on sustainability and authenticity.
Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines across South Eastern Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Cool days and cooler nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures eventually warming in October. Lower than average temperatures and abundant rainfall during the growing season produced a vintage that challenged both winemakers and viticulturists alike. Rainfall slowed in early autumn with a warm spell following. Harvest was marked by relatively mild days which slowed the ripening, allowing for very good varietal flavour development and love.
Key to the success of Penfolds has been a lineage of visionary winemakers. There have only ever been four Chief Winemakers at the helm of Penfolds – Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, each a custodian of a rich winemaking tradition that goes back for more than 170 years.
Our current Penfolds winemaking team has more than 100 years between them as Penfolds winemakers. They are constantly refining and improving their work, whilst honouring the winemaking techniques of their predecessors.
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