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Katnook Estate

Katnook Odyssey 2012

Katnook Odyssey 2012

Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted from the vintages where only a superior quality is achieved. Crafted with the most meticulous attention to detail, these wines signify a seamless blend of intense fruit and extended oak maturation.

Odyssey is 1 of just 53 wines listed in the ‘Outstanding’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine. The 2012 is the 19th vintage release.  Andrew Caillard MW of Langton's describes the Odyssey style as ' Concentrated and powerful, Katnook Odyssey 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. This highly prized Coonawarra wine 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 approximately 36 to 40 months in a combination of new French and new American barriques. Some parcels are "double oaked" to increase flavour complexity. The maturation regime is intuitive to the character of the vintage."

Halliday rated this wine 95 points describing 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."

First released from the 1991 vintage, Odyssey has been crafted from every vintage since excluding 1993, 1995, 2007 and 2011. Vegan friendly. 

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SKU: 120701416
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date
25th March - 7th April 2012
Alcohol %
James Halliday
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Above average summer temperatures and below average rainfall in 2012 lead to early ripening and low yields. In fact 2012 was one of the earliest vintages on record. Odyssey is created from small parcels of premium Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from our oldest terra rossa vineyards.
Production Notes
Matured for 24 months in barriques of which 35% were new French, 25% one-year old French, 20% two-year-old French and 10% two-year-old American oak.
Winemaker Notes
Deep plum red with purple hues. Complex aromas of ripe black berry and plum fruit interwoven with notes of mocha, vanilla and cedar. Intricate flavours of concentrated dark berry, mulberry and plum fruits with hints of mocha and vanilla, complemented by assertive fine grained tannins.
Food Pairing Notes
Rib eye fillet or aged cheddar.
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