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March 05, 2010

Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, Australia

Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2008
Penfolds, South Australia
89 sek

Intense, dark purple-red color. Nose: intense, dark berries, blackcurrent, herbal. Palate: fruity, black and redcurrent, little mint/herbal-bitter. Medium bodied. Good acidity, firm fruit tannins, softer oak tannins. Simple, straight forward. 13,5 % abv. 70 %Shiraz, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The grapes come from different areas within South Australia. Most of the wine has been maturing in French and American oak barrels (to add tannins and complexity), some of it in stainless steel tanks (to preserve the fruityness). It is made to drink now, but can be stored until ca 2012. (Producer information).

A wine made in the most-possibly same style from year to year, to suit many palates around the world. Nothing wrong, nothing exciting. It doesn't create that smile in your face, but it works.

One of the starting-small-growing-huge stories: Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold, an English emmigrant coming to Australia in the mid of 1800 was the one planting the first vines that he had taken with him from France. He planted them around his stone house, called the Grange, named after the English home of his wife. The first wines were fortified wines, made for medical purposes. After his death, his wife continued the work and by 1881 they are said to had some 500.000 litres of wine stored, almost 1/3 of Australia's entire wine storage at the time. It wasn't until the end of WWII that the company, still in the family's hand, changed to produce mainly table wines instead of the fortified ones. In 1951 they produced the first Grange Shiraz, still today an Icon wine, known around the world among connoisseurs. In 1962 the company became a public one and since 2005 it is owned by the Foster's group, a beer giant. Today they make some 1.4 mill cases of wine ranging from 9-300 A$/bottle, covering many different price-segments, the one here belonging to the lower ones. See all the different wines here.


  1. I've actually had this one, but was not very enamored.....

  2. It's from Koonunga Hill, its awesome for sure!