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Katnook Estate


Being just 60 metres above sea level, Coonawarra has a maritime climate with long but cool hours of sunshine during the ripening period and cold nights. Grapes thus develop intense flavours whilst retaining impressive acidity levels. Average daily winter temperature is 9.8C and average summer temperature is 18.8C

Coonawarra is one of the only regions in Australia that can genuinely claim the influence of ‘terroir”. The concept of terroir recognises that the unique combination of a region’s soil, microclimate and topography imparts intrinsic and distinct qualities to its wines, qualities that cannot be reproduced anywhere else.

With its long, warm summers, cool autumns and cold winters, the climate of Coonawarra has been compared to that of Bordeaux.

Coonawarra/Bordeaux Climate Comparisons

Coonawarra Bordeaux

37o18’S, 140o50’E. ALT 59m.

44o50’N, 0o43’W. ALT 47m.

Average Number Rain Days: 68

Average Number Rain Days: 93

Average Rainfall: 257mm

Average Rainfall: 427mm

Growing Season: October - April

Growing Season: April - October

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