An affordable wine at $14 per bottle, the 2019 vintage of Penfolds’ Koonunga Hill shiraz cabernet has initial confectionary aromas that give way to notes of spice, red stewed plums and a little pepper. The palate is spicy and finishes with soft tannins and a warming finish. Overall, there is value here at $14, a price point not weighed down with good options. The Koonunga Hill is a soundly put together wine that will suit drinking now and over the next few years. Rating: Good (★★★, 85 points). Website: Penfolds. Tasted: April 2023.