Penfolds Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet

Penfolds Koonunga Hill 76 Shiraz Cabernet 2016

Barossa Valley, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%
Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet was released from the 2006 vintage, thirty years after the original wine and pays homage to this remarkable, long-lived style from Penfolds. The original 1976 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet is a legendary wine that is still drinking well today.

Under this nostalgic, retro label, the 2016 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet is a refined version of this classic Australian blend of Shiraz Cabernet. Spicy and fruit-driven, this is bursting with blackberry and dark fruit flavours, with some subtle oak influence add soft tannins and further complexity. A great drinking red wine that's ready to be enjoyed now but should also cellar very well over the next decade.

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Penfolds has been producing an impressive array of wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine into the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead.

The house style at Penfolds embraces the concepts of multi-regional blending, optimum fruit quality, the use of fine-grained American (and increasingly French) oak and most often, barrel fermentation and maturation. Without the constraints of a single vineyard, Penfolds winemakers continue to choose the best possible fruit, showcasing the outstanding characteristics of each vineyard.

As the Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago is the custodian of a valuable winemaking heritage. A former science teacher whose love of wine led him to Roseworthy College where he graduated as Dux, Peter is only the fourth man to be entrusted with Australia’s greatest wine, Grange, which was first made by the late, great, winemaker Max Schubert.

Peter joined Penfolds in 1989, and its red wine team in 1993. A year later he became the company’s Red Wine Oenologist, working closely with John Duval on the maintenance of ‘House-Style’ while still looking to break new winemaking ground.
Peter took over as Chief Winemaker in 2002 and heads a vastly experienced and extremely talented winemaking team committed to continuing the valuable traditions established by his predecessors.
South Australia
Barossa Valley
History: First vintaged in 2006. The Koonunga Hill Seventy-Six Shiraz Cabernet, with its retro packaging, was released as an homage wine to the famous 1976 Koonunga Hill ‘Claret’, a wine that captured the imagination of Penfolds wine enthusiasts.

Vintage Conditions: The start of the growing season was delayed by below average winter rainfall and temperatures. Spring and summer were very dry in South Australia with barely any rain until late January.

Temperatures dipped significantly in February slowing the harvest for later ripening varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. The mild condition ensured the fruit could ripen evenly, developing desirable flavours and well rounded tannins.

Colour: Crimson with a glossy and bright lustre.

Nose: An instant ascent of fruits … lifted raspberry fruit jube/fruit pastille. Moroccan spices and vanilla pod shroud meaty/crackling elements … very Penfolds, very Koonunga Hill! A skerrick of cedar oak /pencil shavings; a reminder of the wine’s age at this point –undoubtedly soon to be absorbed & concealed.

Palate: Balanced and complete. Spicy and fruit-driven … however, this time it is blackberry not raspberry jubeson palate.

Non-obtrusive, yet just recognisable oak detected on finish.

Softened tannins and ‘just-right’ acidity invoke textural allure.

Ready herewith!

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