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Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet 2006

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet 2006

Red Blends from South Australia, Australia

Price: $9.49
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Item No. 95424
  • RP91
  • JH90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • RP91
  • 1997
  • WE88
  • 1996
  • RP91
  • 1990
  • RP92
  • 1986
  • RP91
  • 1976
  • RP95
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Winemaker's Notes

"The Cabernet and Shiraz blends begin with the 2006 Shiraz (70%) – Cabernet Sauvignon (22%) "Koonunga Hill". Purple-colored, the wine offers meaty black currant, blackberry, and blueberry aromas. On the palate the wine exhibits remarkable focus and structure for its humble price. The fruit is grapy and primary as well as intensely flavored. It should evolve for several years and drink well through 2022 if not longer. It is a fantastic value. As an aside, Peter Gago presented a 1976 Koonunga Hill to demonstrate the aging potential of this cuvee. The wine was showing a bit of age aromatically but none on the palate. At age 31, this wine (which probably cost several dollars on release) is right at its peak (my score 94 points)." - Wine Advocate

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Had a few bottles at a family gathering and everyone enjoyed it very much. A good all-around red at a reasonable price for this type of thing.
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DonM - Carson City, NV (read all my reviews)

Like others I am scratching my head over the 91 rating. That said, this wine is very drinkable and pleasant, though I would not call it remarkable. With a medium body and low tannins, it is versatile for pairing. Berry flavors and pepper are present but not strong. I've enjoyed having this wine around as a daily sipping wine.
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I don't understand the 91 rating on this wine. It'd say that it's definitely worth $10... but this is exactly the kind of wine that makes me less excited about the "90 point wines for under $20" lists.
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WineyDiney - Palisades Park, NJ (read all my reviews)

For the incredible price this Shiraz/Cab deliver the characteristics of a good $30 bottle wine. Bought a case to mature and drink for many years. Buy it before its gone.
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Yummy - Miami, FL (read all my reviews)

This wine is fantastic for an everyday red. It has a nice finish and is a super bottle for under $10. I will definately purchase again
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Folie a Deux Menage a Trois Red 2006 is much better
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Steve S. - Washington, DC (read all my reviews)

It starts out well but goes down like cheap vodka. This is more like an 83 than a 91. I'm beginning to wonder about the validity of Robert Parker's Australian reviewer. Never met a Shiraz he didn't like.
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Uncle Phil - Corvallis, OR (read all my reviews)

A great red blend to serve with grilled burgers in the summer. A nice back deck party wine.
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Maybe I'm just beyond scorched on Aussie Shiraz or maybe this was is an instance of extreme bottle variation (which would not be surprising for such a massive bottling as this one), but this bottle, my third, surprised me with a grapyness that left the imagination nothing to settle upon except Welch's 100% Grape Juice. The grapyness, prominent on the nose and pervassive on the palate, trumped and obscured whatever else might have been going on with this wine, except for a few simple oaky notes of vanilla and smoke. I don't recall at all that my previous two bottles, which were essentially unremarkable, were nearly so foxy as this one, but perhaps the food pairings affected the impression. Certainly not a 91 point bottle, and though one can't expect too much at this price point, instead of xsix bottles of this, I wish I'd bought 12 big jugs of Welch's 100% Grape Juice, or a half a case of something else.
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Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ (read all my reviews)

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Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of...

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