I must admit the first thing that springs to mind when seeing a bottle of Penfolds is the 1980’s cartoon series Dangermouse, a parody of British spy fiction which features the character Penfold. Not that this has anything to do with the wine, which by the way is excellent, it’s just me I smile whenever I see a bottle.
This particular bottle the Koonunga Hill (Seventy-six) 2009 is a blend of 85% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Seventy-Six refers to 1976 when the first wine to show the name Koonunga Hill (named after one of Penfolds Barossa Valley vineyards) was released.
Penfolds are seriously good wines even at entry level, there just seems to be an elegance to each bottle and I’m a big fan.
As soon as you pour this into the glass there’s a promise of something special with its deep almost inky colour and aromas that you can smell before you get the glass anywhere near your nose.
Full of eastern spices, bright dark fruits including cherries, raspberries which are almost fruit pastille like.
The fruit pastille theme carries on in the taste which is silky smooth. Vanilla, Chocolate and a little menthol with a touch of acidity giving it that freshness followed by dusty tannins which are prominent.
The balance between all the elements just seem right and makes for a very enjoyable glass of wine whether it’s paired with food or just sipped on its own.
For one of their entry level wines, this is a winner as are all their bottles but for less than £10 this is hard to beat and I can recommend it without hesitation.
Look for the distinctive logo and buy a bottle, sit down open up and watch an episode of Dangermouse.
My Rating 8.5/10 Corks
Various around £10