Australian Shiraz Wine Review

November 20, 2013

The name Penfolds has been associated with wine since a young English doctor, Dr. Christopher Penfold, and his wife Mary acquired 500 acres of land in 1884 in South Australia. This vineyard came to be called Magill Estate; the first vineyard to carry the Penfolds name. Penfolds now operated 5 wine shops in Southern Australia – Magill, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra.

Producing all kinds of wine from all vintages, perhaps their most famous wine is Penfolds Grange. It also turns out to be one of the most costly wines worldwide. In 2012, a bottle of Penfolds Grange 2004 vintage went on sale for $168,000, with the wine came in a special hand blown glass ampoules

Since the first vintage in 1976 of a Shiraz Cabernet, Penfolds Koonunga Hill has positioned itself in the higher echelons of Australian premium wines. It’s top quality and consistency, as well as it’s value for money, has guaranteed that Koonunga Hill remains a favourite of wine lovers all over. Produced from premium vineyards around South Australia, the center of this wine is derived from the Barossa Valley. A grade fruit from Coonawarra and McLaren Vale may also be found in this wine, giving it fantastic structure and length.

While this wine is ready for drinking right away, the Koonunga Hill Shiraz will age gracefully and gain further qualities over the next couple of years. This is a rich Shiraz, with the flavor of blueberries, plums and layered with a little hint of spice.

In our taste test, the Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz held up pretty well to Penfolds own outlines of the wine. Priced at $9.99, it provides excellent value for cash for a Shiraz. It’s got a full bodied taste, with a definite berry like sweetness that comes straight out at you. There’s also some hints of vanilla, though the after taste is slightly green, with a bitterness that sits on the tongue. Nothing too major though, and certainly not something to put the drinker off.

Overall, for taste and value for money this is a solid Shiraz. If you like Shiraz’s you might go worse than this.

For more in-depth information on the wine, take a look at the full video review by Alexander James on our YouTube channel by heading here.

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