Penfolds Koonuga Hills Syrah Cabernet 2011
Region: Koonuga Hills, South Australia, Australia
Grape: 77% Shiraz, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: around $12
Once again, I am lucky to date a woman who is willing to eat the results of my cooking efforts and also willing to listen to me ramble about wine while we’re having dinner. I am truly a lucky man. So, this lucky man made some lamb chops with roasted potatoes and opened up an Australian red to go with that.
A few weeks ago I drank the 100% Shiraz Koonuga Hills from Penfolds and I really enjoyed it, fruity and spicy with a nice texture, very easy to drink. I was curious about the addition of Cabernet to this wine, the logic would call for such a blend to have a little more bite and structure due to the addition of Cabernet. The wine spends a year in both American and French oak, so there should be some wood notes to identify.
Eye: Clear, dark ruby
Nose: Clean, medium minus intensity, black fruits (blackberries), spices (pepper), chocolate
Palate: dry, medium-minus body, high acidity. Aggressive tannins when just opened but they soften after 30 minutes or so. Medium length finish. Notes of blackberries, figs, olives and black pepper along with some nice tobacco flavor from the oak
The bottle definitely took a little time to open. The first few sips were pretty bad with high acidity, aggressive tannins and not much fruit. The wine felt really thin and forgettable. After 30 minutes to an hour it was another story, much more rounded, more fruit, and more body. It ended up being perfectly fine to drink after the initial scare. It’s a solid red without too strong a body but with a nice peppery kick.
Food pairings: Can’t go wrong with lamb, it would work with beef and pork too.
Overall opinion: Good value for money, just give it time to open up or you’ll make a face when first tasting it
Grade : 6/10 or 3/10 right after opening