2006 Penfolds Limited Release "Koonunga Hill Seventy-Six" Shiraz-Cabernet South Australia

SKU #1062633

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " Purple-colored, the wine offers meaty black currant, blackberry, and blueberry aromas. On the palate the wine exhibits remarkable focus and structure for its humble price. The fruit is grapy and primary as well as intensely flavored. It should evolve for several years and drink well through 2022 if not longer. It is a fantastic value." The wine was produced to commemorate the first release of the wine in 1976, with the "retro" label nearly the same. Made from a blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine was only available at the cellar doors in Adelaide and Nuriootpa, plus a few restaurants. Compared to the "normal" Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet, there is greater richness and concentration due to the inclusion of fruit fruit at the Bin 28 (Kalimna) level and enhanced by 5% new American oak along with the usual seasond French and American oak it normally sees. The bouquet offers notes of dark plum, blackberry, currant, earth, chocolate and cedar. On the palate the wine has seamless balance with good acidity, silky tannins and fine length. While very accessible now, there is enough stuffing to reward some patience. And to qoute Penfolds red winemaker Steve Lienert (who I contacted about the wine) "If you can find any more buy some to put down for a few years because it will age for many years with good cellaring." You will want a case of this, trust me." (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Australian Wine Buyer)

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