Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cab. Shiraz
Retail Price ¥330
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Awards & Ratings
Robert Parker Award 90/100
Wine Enthusiast Award 89/100
Wine Spectator Rated 88/100
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Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip. Vine cuttings from South Africa were first brought in Australia in 1788, and though the settlers took a while to get to grips with the new conditions, wine exports began in 1822. By the 1880s, Australian wines were winning prizes in Europe, but then phylloxera struck, and the industry subsided into producing fortified wines for the domestic market. Then the interest in table wines came back and culminated in 2000 when Australia sold more wine to the United Kingdom than did France. While early Australian wines, the Chardonnays in particular, were criticized for being over-oaked and over-ripe, Australian winemaking is now some of the most sophisticated in the world, with vineyards increasingly planted in cooler climates, such as Pinot Noir in Tasmania, and un-oaked wines becoming popular.
The majority of wines from Australia come from this state, which produces about 60% of the country's wine. Home to the red wine regions of McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley and Eden Valley.
What to seek out from South Australia: Shiraz is definitely top notch, it’s both smoky and rich with spice. Keep your eyes peeled for red blends called GSM: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre – The major blending grapes used in French Southern Rhone wines.