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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay 1998
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay 1998
(search item no. 570)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw with brilliant green hues. The bouquet displays typical melon and nectarine varietal characters, with some tropical fruit overtones. A pleasant butterscotch character and sweet, nutty oak influence from light oak maturation adds further complexity. The wine is rich and full flavoured with excellent varietal fruit and perfectly balanced, integrated oak. The palate has complex melon and tropical fruit Chardonnay flavours with a soft, creamy mid palate derived from malolactic fermentation and extended yeast lees contact. The wine finishes soft, clean and dry with lingering fruit flavours.
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About Penfolds Wines:

Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and 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 stand-out wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.

Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker and only the 4th custodian of Grange, relishes the opportunity to bring Penfolds to the world stage and is an enthusiastic ambassador and natural educator. Penfolds came to the attention of the US market when 1990 Grange was Wine Spectator’s ‘Wine of the Year’. Since then, Penfolds Grange has become one of the most collectable wines of the world and was honored to grace the front cover, once again, of Wine Spectator, with declarations of Grange as Australia’s Icon