Dominik Mueller

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2019 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

Tasting note

2019 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

Clear appearance. Pale to medium ruby red colour. The bouquet is clean and of medium intensity: There are dark cherries, blackberries, dark plums leaning towards the cooked side, and cassis. A vanilla scent indicates this wine was oaked. In the mouth, this Australian Shiraz cuvée has a medium to full body. It is bone dry. The high acidity could have been integrated better. It stands out a little, at least to my taste. Strong tannins and high alcohol. The flavour intensity is medium — you find most of the dark fruits, especially the cherries — but the finish is short. Solid everyday wine that is good with hearty dishes. The wine has improved from a year ago when I last tried it, but it isn’t made for the long run.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 26 November 2023.


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/ 20 ("good")
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Wine details

Vintage: 2019
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety: Syrah
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Region:South Australia
Appellation: n/a
Vineyard: n/a
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