89 Points Robert Parker
The 1998 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet has peaked with mature notes of tobacco and leather plus a spicy / raisined undercurrent. Ripe and savory in the mouth, it has a medium level of chewy tannins, crispness and a long, eucalypt-laced finish. Drink it now through 2017+.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. December, 2011
89 Points James Halliday
Penfolds has zealously protected the quality of Koonunga Hill since its birth, though production has increased tenfold. The bouquet is complex, with blackberry, chocolate and subtle vanilla oak from genuine barrel maturation; the palate has the texture and mouthfeel lacking in many wines at this price point, rich and flavoursome. Drink to 2010.
Source: James Halliday. October, 2000