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2011 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay, South Australia

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Wine Notes

Tasting note: Light straw-green; fresh and lively nectarine, white peach and citrus aromas and flavours; no oak evident, but has length. (19-Jan-2012) [James Halliday]

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $10   From: $9   To: $14

Score: 87   When to drink: 2012 to 2014
The Wine-Searcher score of 87/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score When to drink
88/100   2012 to 2014
88/100    
85/100    
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Grape Variety

Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Although the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America.

Describing the flavors of Chardonnay is no easy task. While many Chardonnay wines have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety's intrinsic qualities. Malolactic fermentation gives distinctive buttery aromas. Fermentation and/or maturation in ...more


Region
  • South Australia is one of the Australia's six states, located (as the name implies) in the south of the vast island continent. It is the engine room of the Australian wine industry, responsible for around half of the country's total output each year. But the region isn't just about quantity – countless high-quality wines are made here, most of them from the region's signature grape, Shiraz. These include such iconic wines as Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace, Torbreck The Laird and d'Arenberg The Dead Arm.

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  • Australia is an extremely important wine-producing country, both in terms of quality and the sheer scale of its wine economy. It ranks sixth in the world in wine production and as at March 2010 was the fourth-biggest exporter of wine, with an annual total of 773 million liters, valued at 2.2 billion Australian dollars.

    Australia has long been at the forefront of the 'New World' wine ...more

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