Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet was released from the 2006 vintage, thirty years after the original wine and pays homage to a remarkable, long-lived style. It is a refined version of its stablemate and shows “extra dimension and complexity.” Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet is made for current drinking, or, like all Koonunga Hill red wines, will also benefit from a few years of extra bottle age.
|Varietal||Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Winemaker||The Penfolds Team|
Youthful. Reflecting a touch of Middle Eastern scented exotica – Moroccan spices, Turkish Delight, sliced dates, rose-water …Additional fruits (damson plum) and wafts of cold roasted lamb remind of more local environs.
Oak? Just a hint.
Balanced and even throughout. Medium bodied. Predominantly red fruits noted at this early stage – loganberry, mulberry & red-cherry. Tempting to speculate what they will morph into with time in bottle! (‘Just right’) tannins, acidity & oak in unison conspire to afford both instant drinkability and the promise of longer-term delivery.
The above statement reinforced by the second sip being better than the first … always a good sign.
Home to the oldest vines in the country, and no less than 18 wine growing regions, South Australia accounts for almost 50% of Australia’s wine production. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra are well known for their world class reds, with Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Eden Valley praised for their exceptional Chardonnay and Riesling.
Above-average rainfall offered the grapevines across South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles in the lead up to the growing season. Spring was quite cool, conditions that initially slowed down vine growth. Temperatures gradually warmed in October with vines producing large canopies, little by way of irrigation was required. It was a season that challenged grape growers, who had to work hard to control vigour and crop size.
Vintage was delayed by up to a month in some regions. Weather conditions during harvest were generally dry favouring fully ripened grapes with well-developed colours and flavours.
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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