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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet 1999
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet 1999
(search item no. 21082)
Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1976 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Colour: Intense plum red with vibrant ruby rim.

Nose: Warm and appealing, showing overt ripe fruit aromas of raspberry and plum in synergy with cinnamon and white pepper. Lifted cassis and menthol notes from the cabernet add freshness and complement a backdrop of appealing, dusty oak.

Palate: This medium bodied, elegant wine shows its signature integration of fruit and oak, with rounded, soft tannins and is nicely balanced with a sweet mid palate and well-defined finish. Initial flavours of fresh berries and vanilla merge into a spicy, savoury aftertaste. The tannins have a gentle, mouth-coating grainy quality, elegantly framing the traditional style of the wine.

Alc/Vol: 13.0%

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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.