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Katnook Estate
 
3 August 2017 | Katnook Estate

Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Released

Released today, the 'Halliday Wine Companion 2018' is the bestselling and definitive guide to Australian Wines. Katnook was again awarded 5 stars, which denotes an "outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality".

Katnook Coonawarra's star performers this year were its limited release range.  The 'yet to be released' 2013 Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon scored 96 points while Cellar Door releases of Amara Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and Caledonian 2015 both scored a stunning 95 points.

All wine reviews can be accessed here.

Katnook Estate
 
26 July 2017 | Katnook Estate

Trio of Founder's Block 2015 Reds Released

Three Katnook Founder’s Block varietal reds from the 2015 vintage will be released this month. Harvested exclusively from Katnook’s proprietary vineyards, the Katnook Founder’s Block range captures the essence of Coonawarra and offers contemporary wines for everyday enjoyment.

The range is named after the original land holding of John Riddoch, the founder of Coonawarra wine region. In 1890, Riddoch set up headquarters of the newly formed Coonawarra Fruit Colony at his property ‘Katnook’.  Here he made the region’s first commercial wine in his woolshed - now Katnook’s barrel room. 

In 1980, winemaker Wayne Stehbens rekindled the property’s winemaking history, making the first Katnook Estate wines. In 2005, responding to evolving demands of wine drinkers, Stehbens created the singular fruit focussed Katnook Founder’s Block range, priced to entice a new audience.

Retailing at $20 a bottle, please find enclosed a sample of the latest release Katnook Founder’s Block 2015 Merlot, 2015 Shiraz and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. Each wine is available at Dan Murphy’s and at selected independent retailers Australia wide.

The 2015 Vintage in Coonawarra began with a warm spring, advancing flowering by about two weeks.  This promoted fast and even berry set, similar to other outstanding vintages such as 2004 and 2010. Dry conditions continued through to mid-January, when a welcome 90mm of rain fell. Summer days were warm and nights were cool, providing a long and cool ripening of the reds, which were harvested from late March until early April. All show bright fruit, good varietal definition, intense colour and strong tannins.  Notes for each wine are below.

KATNOOK FOUNDER’S BLOCK MERLOT 2015.  RRP $20

Harvest: Early to mid-April 2015

pH: 3.48 Acidity: 5.5g/L Alc/vol:13.5%

Oak Maturation: Approximately 20 percent of this wine was matured for an average of two months in a combination of older French and American oak barrels.

KATNOOK FOUNDER’S BLOCK SHIRAZ 2015.  RRP $20.  Silver Medal, 2016 Decanter Asia Wine Awards, Hong Kong.

Harvest: 15 March - 02 April 2015

pH: 3.53 Acidity: 6.2g/L Alc/vol:13.5%

Oak Maturation: This wine was matured in a combination of older French and American oak barriques for three months.

KATNOOK FOUNDER’S BLOCK CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015.  RRP $20. Silver Medal, 2017 International Wine Challenge, UK.

Harvest: 08 - 17 April 2015

pH: 3.42 Acidity: 5.98g/L  Alc/vol: 13.5%

Oak Maturation: Approximately 20 percent of this wine was matured for four months in a combination of older French and American oak barrels.

Katnook Founder's Block Wines are distributed by:

Fesq and Company (NSW, VIC, QLD). Tel. 1300 763 377

Off the Vine Distributors (WA). Tel. 08 9418 8210

Muster Wines (SA). Tel. 0430 360 650.

Katnook Estate
 
30 June 2017 | Katnook Estate

Vintage 2017 in the bag

Vintage 2017 is complete - and initial impressions are that we are in for some fabulous wines from this relatively late season.

Viticulturist Chris Brodie explains  “ A cool growing season and above average rain leading into 2017 harvest saw a later start to vintage, typical of ten years ago. These cooler conditions resulted in budburst being delayed by up to three weeks, with flowering two weeks later.  A warm summer followed, with a welcome spell of hot days in late January.

Harvest started towards early March and continue to completion on 2nd May. Coonawarra has not had a vintage starting this late since the outstanding 2004 vintage.

The 2017 vintage saw white grapes with good varietal definition and the reds, even at lower sugar levels than recent vintages had excellent colour and concentrated fruit flavours. Heavy rain towards the end of April combined with above average yields, meant that not all fruit in Coonawarra was harvested. There are many parcels of high quality grapes for Katnook wines, with Shiraz a standout variety for 2017."

Winemaker Wayne Stehbens says " Overall 2017 was slightly warmer than average, as were yields. Despite some heavy mid-vintage rain, my expectations are for a very good vintage.

Harvest began with Pinot Meuniere, Pinot Noir (for sparkling base) and Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit was in excellent condition, with high natural acidity and great flavours at low sugar levels. 

Riesling and Chardonnay followed in mid-March. Overall, the whites are showing forward fruit and good acid balance.

Red grapes came in later than usual, starting in late March and finishing 02 May. We chose to leave some fruit on the vines due to the heavy rains in late April, meaning we did not compromise on quality.

Cabernet at this early stage is deep in colour with elegant fruit flavours and medium body. Shiraz is exceptional, intense, spicy flavours and good palate structure."


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