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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."

Katnook Estate
 
5 May 2017 | Katnook Estate

Langton's Trio Release

Katnook Coonawarra is one the few wineries with three or more listings in the Langton’s Classification of Australian wine.  This month, Katnook releases its flagship wines, Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon and Prodigy Shiraz from the outstanding 2012 vintage as well as Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.  Under the Langton’s Classification IV, Odyssey is rated ‘Outstanding’ while Prodigy and Katnook Estate Cabernet sit in the ‘ Excellent’ category. 

Katnook Winemaker Wayne Stehbens says the 2012 Coonawarra vintage, “is now considered to be one of the finest for Coonawarra.  It was a very early, warm, dry, low yielding vintage which led to intense fruit aromas, great depth of flavours and fine tannins for both Odyssey Cabernet and Prodigy Shiraz.” 

Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2012. RRP $100.

Prodigy is one of 65 wines listed in the ‘Excellent’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine.  
The first Prodigy vintage was in 1997 from young vines and won the Jimmy Watson trophy, Melbourne Wine Show 1998. The 2012 is the 13th release.
Prodigy is crafted from small parcels of grapes harvested from sites that have consistently produced fruit of outstanding depth of fruit flavour, excellent colour and firm tannin structure.
James Halliday rated this wine 96 points saying, " Prodigy marches to the tune of its own drum, and practice has long since made perfect. Despite all the winemaking and time spent in oak, it has retained balance, emerging at the end of the process as elegant, the tannins supple, the wine fresh.”  (Australian Wine Companion 2017).

Grape Variety            100% Shiraz

Region                        100% Coonawarra

Harvested                   20th – 22nd March 2012

Analyses                     pH  3.39,  Acidity  6.1g/L, Alc/vol. 14.5%

Cellaring Potential      10 to 15 years

Oak maturation          25 months in 225L barriques in new and 2 year old French, as well as new American oak.

Andrew Caillard MW reviewed the Prodigy Shiraz style at www.langtons.com.au as follows:

Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz, first made in 1997 by senior winemaker Wayne Stehbens, comprises select parcels of the best fruit from the estate’s 26 hectares of mature Shiraz vineyards. The vines, established in the mid-1990s and planted at 1.5 metre intervals in rows two metres apart, are anchored in classic terra rossa soils over limestone and transitional dark clays. Low crop yields are achieved by precise canopy management, hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and shoot-removal. Organic principles are increasingly followed. The wine is small-batch vinified in open fermenters, basket-pressed and then matured in new (up to 100%) French and American oak barriques for 24 - 28 months. Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz typically shows intense raspberry and plum aromas, generous, pure-fruit flavours and underlying liquorice spice with finely-grained tannins and plenty of flavour length. 

Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.  RRP $100.

Odyssey is one of 52 wines listed in the ‘Outstanding’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine.
First vintage was in 1991.  Accolades include the Frescobaldi Trophy and Best Australian Red at the 2003 International Wine and Spirit Competition for the 1998 vintage.
Rated 95 points by James Halliday, who described it as “Hyper-intense, full-bodied cabernet varietal fruit is beyond the normal Odyssey style, but none the worse (indeed better) for that; blackcurrant and bay leaf, plus notes of tar, race along the palate, barely checking their momentum on the finish and aftertaste. Drink by 2037.”  (Australian Wine Companion 2017).

Grape Variety            100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region                        100% Coonawarra

Harvested                   8th – 13th April 2012

Analyses                     pH  3.4,  Acidity  6.99g/L, Alc/vol. 14.5%

Cellaring Potential      15 to 18 years

Oak maturation          13 months in 50% French (10% new) and 50% older American oak barriques

Andrew Caillard MW reviewed the Odyssey style at www.langtons.com.au as follows:

The concentrated and powerful Odyssey is selected from the most outstanding parcels of intense Cabernet fruit from specific vineyard rows planted on rich, clay, terra rossa loams over a thick, hard layer of limestone. After vinification in small-batch fermenters, maturation takes place over 30 to 40 months in a combination of new French and American barriques. Some parcels are ‘double-oaked’ to increase flavour complexity. The maturation regime is intuitive to the character of the vintage. Stehbens describes the overall style as ‘a wine with ripe, rich fruit combined with complex oak and barrel-matured flavours’. This highly-prized Coonawarra wine is a benchmark style with beautifully intense, pure, blackcurrant aromas, mocha oak complexity, superb volume and dense, chocolaty tannins. The Odyssey verges on the ‘essence-of-Coonawarra’ style yet manages to achieve remarkable balance and minerality.”

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.  RRP $40.

Stehbens describes the 2013 vintage as “One of the earliest starts and finishes on record - slightly warmer than normal, very dry but without the extreme heat experienced in many other parts of Australia.    From a grape ripening view point that was ideal.  Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were the stars.” 

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is one of 65 wines listed in the ‘Excellent’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine. 
Winner of 4 silver medals at leading international wine competitions.
Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine (UK), September 2016 gave this wine 93 points, describing it as ‘Heady with a rich burnish of charry, spicy oak to its cassis and juicier mulberry and blackberry. Long, with ripe but textural gravelly tannins. Drink: 2016-2028.’

Andrew Caillard MW reviewed this wine style at www.langtons.com.au as follows:

‘The wine is matured in new (30-40%) and seasoned French oak for 22 to 24 months.  Varietal definition and regional expression are captured through meticulous selection of vineyard components, instinctive use of oak maturation and skilful blending.  The wine typically shows intense blackcurrant and mulberry aromas, generous pure-fruit flavours, finely-grained tannins, underlying mocha notes, plenty of flavour length and great aging potential.’  

Availability.  Selected Dan Murphy’s and Vintage Cellars Australia wide stock Odyssey, Prodigy and Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Distribution.  Australian distributors for Katnook wines are:

NSW, VIC, QLD            Fesq and Co.              Tel. 1300 763 377.

SA                                Muster Wine Co.         Tel. 0430 360 650.

WA                              Off the Vine.                Tel. 08 9418 8210.

Katnook Estate
 
6 March 2017 | Katnook Estate

Vintage 2017 update

Vintage 2017 is off to a late start for Katnook Coonawarra.  Here is the latest from our team on the ground.

Viticulturist, Chris Brodie.  The season to date has been cooler and wetter than last year, reminiscent of vintages 10-15 years ago.  Compared to last vintage we are also much later, therefore the acid balance should be excellent in the final wines.  There have been no significant impediments such as prolonged heatwaves, rain, frost etc.  So, looking forward to some terrific fruit quality. 

Winemaker, Wayne Stehbens.  Compared to recent vintage starts, Katnook is around 2 weeks later than usual.  We commenced harvest on the 2nd March 2017 by picking Pinot Meuniere, Pinot Noir (both for sparkling base) and Sauvignon Blanc.  The fruit was in excellent condition, with high natural acidity and great flavours at low sugar levels.  This week we will finish Sauvignon Blanc and make a start on the Riesling, followed by Chardonnay in mid-March.

I expect the harvest for red grapes will start late March.

The long-term weather forecasts are for drier than average temperatures being only slightly above average. Unless this forecast changes dramatically, my expectations are for a very good to excellent vintage.


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