Maker: Penfold’s, Melbourne, Australia
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (2/3)/Merlot (1/3)
Region: South Australia
Color: Dark Maroon
Nose: Fruit, a little smoke, bitter chocolate, a bit of wood and tannin
Palate: bitter chocolate, smoke, wood, a little acid, spice
Finish: fairly short, slightly bitter, but not unpleasantly so.
No one would mistake this wine for a 1990 Lafite-Rothschild, but it’s a fine, tasty supermarket wine, one of the best, most consistent Aussies. It represents what Australian reds do best, offer up big, beefy flavors to pair with well with grilled meats and BBQ. What I look for in a supermarket wine is consistency and bang for the buck. Penfold’s Koonunga Hill range delivers flavor-wise with plenty of punch.