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Date Printed: 11/25/2014
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet-Merlot 2003
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet-Merlot 2003
(search item no. 84427)

PRICE ON 11/25/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dense, deep red color with a purple core and vibrant ruby rim. The nose is dominated by appealing Cabernet Sauvignon varietal characters, with telltale notes of blackcurrant, capsicum and mint. Merlot adds a plummy richness at the back, whilst the oak conveys a spicy warmth to the background aromatics. Dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours dominate the palate, with beetroot and some leafy notes, set against a savoury backdrop of understated oak. The wine has a tight structure, with excellent grip, definition and length, showing ripe tannins and abundant varietal flavour. Drinking well now but showing promise of medium term aging capability.

A Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Value Wine of 2002

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About Penfolds Wines:

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 standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.