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
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.
"Good hue, although deeper than the Seventy Six; this sets the pattern for a wine that is light- to medium-bodied, with blackberry, plum and black cherry fruit, much more suited to early consumption than Seventy Six, but marketing minds often move in mysterious ways."
Australian Wine Companion
"Inky violet color. Cassis, cherry and tobacco on the nose. Showing its cabernet element right now, offering zesty red- and blackcurrant flavors and a bitter cherry pit quality. Tannins frame the sweet fruit on the finish, which is attractively sweet, focused and persistent."
International Wine Cellar