Koonunga Hill Chardonnay reflects Penfolds' multi-region, multi-vineyard blending policy, which enables winemakers to source the best parcels of fruit to produce consistently high quality wines from each vintage. A light to medium bodied Chardonnay with distinctive primary fruit characters, sustained intensity and a subtle underlay of moderate oak.
|Peak Drinking||Now - 2022|
|Winemaker||The Penfolds Team|
Lovely tropical fruits, Granny Smith apple skin and hints of Nashi pear with supportive creamy nougat/praline oak.
A very balanced palate, with 6 months yeast lees contact evident in the texture of the palate.
The nougat/praline oak follows through with a crunchy citrus-like mouth watering acid to finish.
A Chardonnay that’s not too ‘heavy’ showing a nice lightness to the palate.
Home to the oldest vines in the country, and no less than 18 wine growing regions, South Australia accounts for almost 50% of Australia’s wine production. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra are well known for their world class reds, with Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Eden Valley praised for their exceptional Chardonnay and Riesling.
South Australia’s cool climate regions experienced above average winter rainfall providing good soil moisture profiles leading into the growing season. Drier conditions prevailed from September through to April. Spring provided ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set while the Summer temperatures rose above the long-term average. Healthy vine canopies shielded the berries from adversity and grapes were able to ripen evenly across the regions. The 2018 vintage quality was exceptional, with lovely varietal flavour and pronounced natural acidity.
Key to the success of Penfolds has been a lineage of visionary winemakers. There have only ever been four Chief Winemakers at the helm of Penfolds – Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, each a custodian of a rich winemaking tradition that goes back for more than 170 years.
Our current Penfolds winemaking team has more than 100 years between them as Penfolds winemakers. They are constantly refining and improving their work, whilst honouring the winemaking techniques of their predecessors.