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Katnook Estate Founder's Block Chardonnay

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Brilliant straw yellow with vibrant aromas of melon and peach and subtle caramel and smokey oak tones. A fresh and lively palate with rich flavours of melon and peach and a hint of grapefuit. Barrel maturation has imparted a silky, slightly creamy mouthfeel and subtle oak underscore which extends through a lingering finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Light straw yellow tinted with pale green.

Nose: An attractive array of fruit driven Chardonnay aromas showing stylish peach and nectarine, along with zesty grapefruit. A very subtle toastiness from oak adds a lovely touch of complexity.

Palate: An appealing array of tantalizing flavours with peach, pineapple, hints of citrus and a touch of toast highlighting the elegant palate structure. The mouthfeel has a subtle richness and creaminess displaying elegant oak characters with enticing fruit and fine acid that is fresh and lingering.

Awards & Accolades

"Peach, pineapple, and hints of citrus with a touch of toast highlighting the elegant palate structure." - National Liquor News, April 2011

"Pale colour. Tropical fruit/ touch of green pea/ white peach aromas. Mineral restrained style with white peach/ pear flavours, touch al dente texture, long mineral acidity. Quite tangy at the finish. " - Andrew Calliard MW for Langton's Website, 2011

expert reviews about

Katnook Estate Founder's Block Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
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Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
A creamy medium-bodied chardonnay from Coonawarra showing a good mix of fruit and oak. Theres a slight lees influence on the palate with the oak sitting alongside in harmony. It focuses nicely to the finish, which is sustained with a crisp acid.
The West Australian 2011
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Neatly balanced and assembled, with stone fruit, citrus and melon augmented by gentle oak; has good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Clean, well made and balanced; gentle stone fruit and equally gentle oak; easy style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
A well priced Chardonnay that is fresh, lively and ripe, with bright tropical flavours.
The Sunday Times, 2008 2008
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
A soft, buttery/toasty wine that's rich with sweet varietal fruit and showing some developing maturity.
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; smooth and supple, with restrained stone fruit and grapefruit flavours; minimal oak impact.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Elegant, delicate, light-bodied grapefruit and nectarine; subtle, spicy oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90

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