Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay 2010, South Australia
Tasted August 2012
Appearance - clear and bright lemon green hue with medium minus intensity, a broad watery rim and some visible tears.
Nose - clean and youthful, fresh aromatics of medium intensity, resembling citrus fruits, mainly lime, some white peach stone fruit notes, some oaky notes of coconut and a trace of butter, some rubber hints.
Palate - dry, medium plus acidity just slightly tart, medium plus alcohol and a medium body. A medium plus flavour intensity very lemony on the attack, than on the background comes the smooth oaky notes of butter, coconut and vanilla. The medium plus length shows a note of toasted almond.
Conclusions (15,5/20) - good quality wine, a fresh and balanced approach to a hot region Chardonnay. Very focused on fresh citrus fruits fairly well balanced by the velvety palate with a very good oak integration. Drink now but it will keep well for 2 to 3 years.