Since its inception, Penfolds Koonunga Hill has always aimed to deliver quality, value and consistency. The original 1976 Koonunga Hill Claret, a Shiraz Cabernet blend, is a legendary wine that is still drinking well today. A perennial favourite at Penfolds Re-corking Clinics and at auction, collectors highly value its quality and longevity. The Seventy Six label has already enjoyed much critical acclaim and show success, and undoubtedly the 2013 vintage will sustain the track record overtly etched by each of the previous releases.
Cocoa powder sweetness leads the aromatic charge, hazelnut and barley continue. An array of varietal spices… cinnamon spice most likely from the Shiraz and pink peppercorns suggest Cabernet is present. 2014 shows liquorice, praline complexity and a Shiraz dominant nose. Biscuit and malt/barley persevere on the palate, just as the nose hinted. Sour cherry, kirsch and red currants add vibrancy and brightness. Softened, chocolaty, mouth-coating tannins… now a hallmark of the wine. Credibly Barossa dominant with plush texture, sweet berry driven fruits and rich mid-palate weight.