Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Bright crimson-red color. A youthful Koonunga Hill disposition arises. Dark sour cherry, blackberry, and rhubarb fruits abound. Aromas of malt/oats/wheat germ with a green olive and pomegranate alert while integrated, supportive oak is awoken. Compact, defined palate with pomegranate/plum/dark berry fruits. A white chocolate mousse/creamy dairy chocolate flavor/texture amalgam. On the finish, a charry/smokey impression (oak). Ideal with rich tomato-based Mediterranean dishes.
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Shiraz. In 1844 Dr. Penfold and his wife Mary purchased the 500-acre Magill (originally Mackgill) estate on the outskirts of Adelaide. Initially their wines, made from grenache, were prescribed as tonic wines for anemic patients. Harking back to this origin of prescribed tonics, roadside billboards in Australia used to read "Penfolds 1844 to Evermore." Following Dr Penfold's death in 1870, the vineyards and winery were left in the very capable hands of his wife Mary. The estate remained in the Penfold family until 1976 and is currently owned by Treasury Wine Estates. In 1976, Penfolds released the first wine to bear the name Koonunga Hill.