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2013 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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2013 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Introducing Katnook’s most perfumed, pure and refined cabernet I can remember. The bouquet is elegant, lifted by violet fragrance set against a background of redcurrants, blackcurrants and capsicum. Equally fragrant and refined on the palate, a gorgeous core of pure redcurrants and red cherries is underlined by impeccable, finely textured tannins and lively acid definition, finishing very long and enticing. 
2015-2030
Wine Taste Edition 112
95
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Lavish moccha choco chino carmel oak aromas to the mulberry fruit. Sweet fruited soft tannin entry with oak contributing to the richness, and then a drying texture dominated by oak. Good generosity with fair length and excellent softness from front to middle. 
2016
Rob Geddes MW
86
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
This savoury, understated vintage has produced a Katnook of prominent structure, scaffolded around firm, finely textured tannins. Blackcurrant and mulberry fruit coast below the surface, promising great things in a decade.
WINE100
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2024
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
An elegant, stylish cabernet of fullish to medium weight. Backed by dusty, cedary aromas and suggestions of dried herbs, its bright bouquet of small black and red berries and fine-grained oak is lifted by a scent of violets. It's finely crafted, supple and polished, with a finely integrated marriage of intense varietal fruit with lightly smoky, cedary oak, fine-grained slatey tannins and balanced acids, finishing with a hint of graphite.
2021-2029
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
92
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
This is a generous rich style with a powerhouse of oak providing a counterpoint to the regional cool-climate character.
2015
Rob Geddes MW
86
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
An altogether elegant wine, notwithstanding the cedar/cigar box thumbprint of 22 months in French and American oak; the medium-bodied palate has perfectly ripened cassis-accented fruit, the tannins are fine, the finish long.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
Katnook Estate cabernet is matured for 22 months in both French and American oak - but this 2008 version is far more fruit driven than many of its past releases. It's a sea of medium-weight blackcurrant. You'd almost call this a "Claret style", though it's fresher and bolder and indeed fruitier than that. Toast, mulberries, dark olives too. A good tug of tannin. Noticeable persistence. Excellent style of wine.
2014-2022
Winefront Monthly
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A very different cabernet for Katnook, with a sweetly fruited and lightly oaked bouquet of bramble, rather baked blackberries and plums underpinned by suggestions of currants and raisins. Finely structured and elegant, with a fine spine of crunchy tannins supporting its brambly presence of cassis, blackberries and plums, it finishes without great length, leaving a lingering impression of baked berries and currants.
The Australian Wine Annual
89
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
This is a generous rich style with a powerhouse of oak providing a counterpoint to the regional cool-climate character.
2014
Rob Geddes MW
86
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
This is a generous, rich style with a powerhouse of oak providing a counterpoint to the regional cool-climate character.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Modestly oaked, and nicely balanced. It tastes deliciously of roasted nuts and juicy blackcurrant and it flows excellently through the mouth. The tannin attack starts early, but neither overwhelms nor tires. Coffeed, grainy, curranty aftertaste with a modestly creamy feel. Lovely Coonawarra cabernet. Could probably have done with an ounce more fruit power - or a gram perhaps - but it's excellent overall.
Winefront Monthly 2009
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
It seems a funny thing to mention but a number of Coonawarra cabernets have lots of flavour but lots of acid too - to the point where it can stick out. We notice this in both young and aged examples. What a thing of beauty this is. OK, so there's a slab of coffeed, toasty oak but, applied to this season's serve of high-grade regional cabernet grapes, this has resulted in a flavour not unlike roasted nuts - a very good thing. It has class and substance and a good, juicy finish. It's a big style for a cab of this region, but it's a really good rendition of It.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Rather under and over-ripened, with flavours of stewed plums and blackberries backed by tarry, pruney and currant-like baked fruit influences. Aided by some sweet chocolate vanilla oak, it remains rather forward but hollow and short, finishing sweet-sour and pruney with a lingering grip of dry and leafy tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
81
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
This is a generous, rich style with a powerhouse of oak providing a counterpoint to the regional cool climate character.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a wine strongly shaped by over two years in predominantly French barriques that have imparted a cedary/spicy overlay to the perfectly ripened blackcurrant fruit; good line and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Classic Coonawarra. Tastes of pencils, blackcurrant, chocolate and dust, and while it drinks well from the moment you screw it open - it tastes far better given a few hours in the decanter. Lots of ripe, grapey, integrated tannin and while there is a tad too much acid for my liking (a common problem in Coonawarra cabernet) the wine has the overall flavour and elegance to ride it through. Excellent drink. And one that will cellar very well medium term.
Winefront Monthly 2008
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
It seems a funny thing to mention but a number of Coonawarra cabernets have lots of flavour but lots of acid too - to the point where it can stick out. We notice this in both young and aged examples. Classic Coonawarra - and a wine that will cellar well over the medium term. It tastes of pencils, blackcurrant, chocolate and dust and, while it drinks well from the moment you open it, it tastes far better given a few hours in the decanter. Lots of ripe, grapey, integrated tannin and, yes, a bit too much acid tang, like a shirt that hasn't been properly tucked in. An excellent wine, though.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; clean, firm, classic blackcurrant fruit, with fine tannins and touches of cedar and earth.
To 2024
Australian Wine Companion 2008
92
Ken Gargett (2004 Vintage) says
I know I've mentioned it elsewhere, but can you believe that someone makes wine this good and yet they want you to get excited about their sauvignon blanc? Completely beyond me. Like Ricky Ponting telling you how good his spin bowling is (not very). The savvy is OK, but expensive. This is a wonderful wine, elegant yet deceptively powerful; perfectly balanced and seamless; absolute class. A bit like Ponting's batting.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
An elegant, focused and fine-grained cabernet whose intense cassis, mulberry, plum and blackberry flavours are carefully integrated with cedar/vanilla/dark chocolate oak and supported by fine, tight-knit tannins. Scented with violets, it's smooth, seamless and briary, with a suggestion of lightly herbal complexity.
2012-2016+
Australian Wine Annual 2009
91
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
This is a generous, rich style with a powerhouse of oak providing a counterpoint to the regional cool-climate character.
2014
Australian Wine Vintages
86
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
This isn't classic Coonawarra. It's big framed, big muscled, bulging Coonawarra, wide flanks of chocolatey fruit-and-oak making a mouthfilling impression. It won't be to everyone's taste, but the quality is undeniable. It also rings long. Cassis, chocolate, raspberry, cloves, fruit-spice, and lively acidity. Quite a bit of tannin, but woven through the wine - assertive, but seamless. It has the goods to age long term, but I suspect that it will be best as a medium-term wine. I'd drink it in 6-8 year's time.
2012-2018
The Wine Front
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; very elegant, in the earthy/cedary/cigar box style of Katnook; fine, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A finely constructed and elegant Coonawarra cabernet whose vibrant aromas of blackberries, mulberries, and cedar reveal nuances of dried herbs and capsicum, with earthy and slightly muddy undertones. Medium to full in weight, It's fine and restrained, with a moderate length of vibrant cassis, mulberry, dark plum and cherry flavours framed by slightly green-edged and metallic tannins. Very well made, but lacking genuine fruit intensity and density.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
90
Campbell Mattinson (2003 Vintage) says
This could make me fall in love with cabernet all over again. It's just a beautifully elegant wine. It's not overdone and it's not in your face, the cedary blackcurrant drifting long through the palate - before fine-grained tannins take it out with a ripple. It will aged deliciously - though if you are expecting a thick, concentrated wine, look elsewhere.
Winefront Monthly, 2006 2006
91
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Powerful, concentrated and focused black fruits and earth plus touches of bitter chocolate; tannins imposing, but balanced by fruit and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Long, firm and structured, this slightly green-edged cabernet is a little grippy and extracted for its modest depth of plum and dark berry fruits. Earthy and meaty, its slightly vegetal fruit is lifted by sweet chocolate/vanilla oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
86
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A powerful, assertive Coonawarra cabernet whose deep, earthy fragrance of meaty, olive-like cassis and plums is underpinned by vanilla oak. Deep, ripe and creamy, with a plumcake-like richness, the palate is just slightly overcooked, with dark berry fruits, currants and cedary oak framed by firm, astringent tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Complex cedar, earth, bramble and blackcurrant with a twist of cassis; medium-bodied; good length and savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red, with the purple just starting to diminish; a bouquet of spice, bramble and blackberry woven through integrated French oak is followed by an altogether warmer palate, with chocolate, mocha and blackberry flavours, sweet oak and ripe tannins.
2005-2015
Australian Wine Companion 2004
94
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to fall red-purple; cedar, leaf, earth and berry on the bouquet lead into a palate with surprisingly sweet and gentle cassis cabernet fruit; fine flavour and length; sophisticated oak handling,
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
95
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is clean, "with cassis berry fruit of medium intensity, supported by subtle oak. The palate is finely balanced and modulated, with more cassis berry fruit, fine tannins and subtle, gentle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
88

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