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4 September 2017 | Katnook Estate

International Medal Haul for Katnook

Katnook Estate has struck gold at the Japan's largest and most prestigious show, the Japan Wine Challenge 2017.

The winning wine was the Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, closely followed by Katnook Estate Shiraz 2012 and Katnook Estate Chardonnay 2015 - which each won a silver medal.

The 20th Japan Wine Challenge 2017 was held in the Conrad Tokyo Hotel from 15th to 17th August 2017. In conjunction with 11th International Sake Challenge and 1st Fuji Cider Challenge, a total of almost 2,000 wines, sakes, and ciders from across the world were entered, representing an increase of 30% on last year.  These were judged by a panel of over 30  top wine professionals from Japan and internationally.  These included John Salvi MW, Jim Harre, Katsuyuki Tanaka, Anthony Rose, Australia's Andrew Caillard MW, Neal Martin, Rowald Hepp, Chris Martin, Marcelo Pino, and Eduardo Dingler, as well as their counterparts from across the spectrum of Japan’s wine trade and media. The result was a judging panel and professionalism acknowledged as bring second to none.

Our Trophy Awards Ceremony will be held on 16 February 2018, followed by a celebration dinner/charity auction at the Conrad Tokyo Hotel, in the presence of HIH Princess Takamado.

Over the 20 years since its inception, the Japan Wine Challenge has established itself as Japan's largest and Asia's most prestigious and professional international wine trade competition.
 
 

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.


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