Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, 2020

When I buy a wine, the most important consideration for me is where the grapes are grown. Good wines are made in the vineyard. Penfolds doesn't disagree, but the winemaker treats this knowledge as a trade secret. This wine does not come from grapes grown in the Koonunga Hill vineyard,which produced the initial magnificent Koonunga Hill Claret in 1976. Rather it is made in the style of the early Koonunga Hill wines and named after them. That is a labeling practice that would be considered scandalous in France or Italy, but it is common in Australia and consumers in that country accept it as long as the wine in the bottle measures up to their expectations. And Penfolds wines conistently measure up.

Deep and dark. Black fruit, ripe and concentrated plus spicy oak. Dark chocolate on the mid palate. A tad tannic for my taste at the moment, but the wine is still young. This wine has a track record for aging well over 10 to 15 years or longer, and I am sure this 2020 will continue the trend.


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