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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet 2008
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet 2008
(search item no. 102852)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion 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
1999 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:

The 2008 vintage was warm to hot, with a prolonged heatwave in mid-March. However, grapes picked before the elevated temperatures were delivered to the winery in excellent condition, resulting in good varietal definition and balanced flavors.

Color: Crimson red.

Nose: Rich Christmas cake and summer pudding aromas are obvious on the nose with more subtle cinnamon / spicy oak notes adding complexity on the nose.

Palate: Deeper, darker fruits are more obvious on the palate with plums, blueberry and dark cherries. Tannins and fruit are well balanced with Shiraz providing a fleshy mouthfeel and Cabernet delivering length and structure, with varietal, chalky tannins. Dark chocolate notes linger on the finish in typical Koonunga Hill style.

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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.