Koonunga Hill Seventy Six is a multi-regional South Australian blend of shiraz and cabernet; a wine style that has played a pivotal role in Australia’s rich winemaking history. The first vintage was the 2006, released as an homage to the famed 1976 Koonunga Hill Claret.
Colour: Deep ruby core with purple hues showing at the rim.
Nose: Cocoa powder sweetness leads the aromatic charge, hazelnut and barley continue. An array of varietal spices, cinnamon spice most likely from the Shiraz and pink peppercorns suggest Cabernet is present. 2014 shows licorice, praline complexity and a Shiraz dominant nose.
Palate: Biscuit and malt/barley persevere on the palate, just as the nose hinted. Sour cherry, kirsch and red currants add vibrancy and brightness. Softened, chocolaty, mouth-coating tannins…now a hallmark of the wine. Credibly Barossa dominant with plush texture, sweet berry driven fruits and rich mid-palate weight.
Alcohol percentage: 14.5%