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Professional Ratings: 89 Australian Wine Companion, 88 International Wine Cellar
Region: South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 102852
The 2008 vintage was warm to hot, with a prolonged heatwave in mid-March. However, grapes picked before the elevated temperatures were delivered to the winery in excellent condition, resulting in good varietal definition and balanced flavors.
Color: Crimson red.
Nose: Rich Christmas cake and summer pudding aromas are obvious on the nose with more subtle cinnamon / spicy oak notes adding complexity on the nose.
Palate: Deeper, darker fruits are more obvious on the palate with plums, blueberry and dark cherries. Tannins and fruit are well balanced with Shiraz providing a fleshy mouthfeel and Cabernet delivering length and structure, with varietal, chalky tannins. Dark chocolate notes linger on the finish in typical Koonunga Hill style.
Good hue, although deeper than the Seventy Six; this sets the pattern for a wine that is light- to medium-bodied, with blackberry, plum and black cherry fruit, much more suited to early consumption than Seventy Six, but marketing minds often move in mysterious ways.
Inky violet color. Cassis, cherry and tobacco on the nose. Showing its cabernet element right now, offering zesty red- and blackcurrant flavors and a bitter cherry pit quality. Tannins frame the sweet fruit on the finish, which is attractively sweet, focused and persistent.