2018 Penfolds, Koonunga Hill Shiraz / Cabernet, South Australia
Fifteen years ago, I created an annual competition in Australia called The Great Australian Red, to celebrate the classic Aussie blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The most famous wine ever made from this blend is 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A, a bottle of which sold for over £10,000 last year at auction. While my featured wine is one-thousandth of the price, it is made from the same magical blend of grapes and by the very same historic winery. I urge you to track it down. This is a tremendous, hearty red, soaked in history and skill, and I cannot recommend it enough. Decant the bottle to allow it to blossom and, if you find the 2017 vintage still lingering on the shelves, it’s a cracker too.
£10, Sainsbury’s; £9, Tesco