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Katnook Estate
18 September 2019 | Katnook Estate

When should I drink red wine?

We are often asked at Cellar Door when our Coonawarra red wines - or any red wine for that matter - should be drunk.

Like many things in wine, there is no simple answer but here are some considerations for those who like to pop a bottle of red wine away in the hope they will be rewarded for their patience. Make sure you choose a dark place, free of wild temperature fluctuations - away from the walls of your home. The linen cupboard of under the stairs are ideal spots if an underground cellar or refrigerated wine cabinet are unavailable.

The fact is, most Australian wine is consumed within 24 hours of purchase. So if you are after a wine that can cellar, ask us at cellar door or ask your fine wine store for some advice on which wines will improve with time. You can then note the ideal drinking frame on the back label and wait. We sometimes make museum (cellared) wines available for purchase from Cellar Door to save you the wait. However if you'd like to enjoy the cellaring process, select from our Katnook Estate and Limited Release wines for reds which will just get better with 5-20+ years age in bottle. These wines make perfect gifts for future special occasions too - why not buy a dozen from the birth year of your child to present to them on their 18th or 21st birthdays?

The best advice we can give is to open a special bottle when the moment seems right to you. If it is before the suggested cellaring time, simply open the wine well ahead of serving time and decant it for extra aeration, which simulates the ageing process. When consumed with fine food, you can certainly open a special bottle whenever you like really...and celebrate the memories. If you simply can’t stand to do that alone, remember that Open That Bottle Night is the last Saturday of February. That’s when you can join others like you, world-wide, in opening their special bottles.


Katnook Estate
25 June 2019 | Katnook Estate

World class results

Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($110) recently won a gold medal and Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 ($40) won silver at the 2019 Global Cabernet Masters Wine Competition -  one of the most respected wine competitions in the world, attracting submissions from wineries from over 20 countries.

Run by Drinks Trade International, this competition assesses wines exclusively by style and price, with the judging panel composed entirely of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers in the United Kingdom.

We are thrilled that these Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignons stand tall on the world stage. Both available from this website here.

Katnook Estate
30 May 2019 | Katnook Estate

Meet Dan McNicol

We're pleased to welcome assistant Katnook Winemaker, Dan McNicol to the team. We recently sat down and chatted to Dan to find out a little bit more about his background and winemaking philosophy. 

Tell us about your winemaking background.

I graduated from the University of Adelaide class of 2018. Before and during my studies, I worked in the vineyard and winery at Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale for around 7 years.

Initially, I was more interested in viticulture but decided to go into winemaking, so I have a deep appreciation for the vineyard/winery connection and letting the fruit speak for itself. I see the role of a winemaker as nurturing the wine along its way to bottle.

Watching the process of fruit progressing on the vine and the satisfaction of seeing it go through the winery is extremely rewarding. It’s great to have something to show for all the hard work.

How are you finding Coonawarra so far?

I hadn’t ever visited the Coonawarra wineries before arriving here in November 2018 to start my role as assistant winemaker. It was so dry when I arrived so I was pleased to see the recent rain. The wines here have so much potential and I love that this area feels like true countryside - relaxed and easy going.

The scenery is very different to what I’m used to from McLaren Vale, a lot flatter and vineyard architecture is different. There’s a lot of redevelopment, which is positive for the region, as growers work hard to improve regional grape quality.

Arriving in Coonawarra, I’m happy to be amongst a nice bunch of people, close to the beach and to nice fishing spots such as, Noracriena Beach - a sheltered bay near Robe. It’s wonderful to be close to beautiful scenery and have to say, am loving the crayfish!

And of course it'e been awesome working with Tim Heath, who with all his winemaking experience has made my first vintage here really interesting and exciting.

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