Wine Whore Score = 7/10 Points (stats below)




This week�s Wise Wine of the Week is Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet which sells for about $10/bottle. This is very easy to find at most local supermarkets and wine/liquor stores.


Summary
Made from premium fruit from South Australian vineyard regions the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, Koonunga Hill reflects many quality wines that are a part of the Penfolds winemaking style and philosophy. This wine in which Shiraz usually leads the blend (50-65% of the blend), is medium-bodied, fragrant and flavorful. It is no wonder why it has been popular since the first vintage in 1976.


Recommended Food Pairing:
Penfolds recommends this wine to be enjoyed ideally with Beef, Duck & Game, or Lamb. I personally enjoy this one with beef or even if I am just in the mood for a glass of spicy and flavorful red wine.


Vintage Info:
�The 2003 growing season in southern Australia was generally regarded as warm, starting with a dry winter and a warm, clear spring. This was followed by some episodes of heat through the summer, whilst cooler weather towards the end of the season relieved the vines in the run up to vintage.�


Stats:
Vintage: 2003
Varietal: Shiraz (Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: South Australia
Sugar: Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 20 Months: Combination of 3, 4, 5 French and American Oak
Alcohol %: 14


Wine Whore Score:




I ranked this week�s Wine of the Week above last week�s Sterling Vintner�s Collection Cabernet for two reasons. I like the taste better and it pairs with a wider range of food. With its low cost, high availability and a great taste, this wine comes in with a total of 28 points and an average score of 7.

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