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Katnook Estate Merlot

Cracka Value Rating
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Cracka Review

Here we have a value wine that is chocka-block full of sweet, dark berries on the nose and palate, along with licks of chocolate and toffee, soft tannins, friendly acidity, and a smooth, plummy finish. It's like a warm cuddle to your palate, and would be great with bangers, mash and onion gravy.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep dark plum reds with purple tinges.

Nose: An alluring combination of dark fruits, spiced plum and blackberry are supported by subtle sweet oak aromas. Complex earthy characters are finely integrated with hints of vanilla.

Palate: Richly layered dark fruits of blackcurrant and black cherry are gently laced with subtle sweet oak characters. Hints of spicy plum and game effortlessly combine with vanilla flavours and maturation complexities. Gentle, fine tannins complement the soft rounded palate structure.

Food: Parmesan and thyme crumbed pork cutlets served with mustard mash and a ratatouille or roasted herbed chicken with a mushroom casserole.

Cellaring: This wine will age gracefully for 8-10 years.

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Katnook Estate Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A very significant improvement in this wine, and the product of a very hot vintage. Fragrant, floral aromas of dark cherries, plums, blackberries and fresh cedar/vanilla oak are delightfully perfumed. Long, smooth and juicy, its spotlessly fresh cherry/berry fruit knits tightly with lightly chocolatey oak and fine, silky tannins. It finishes with fresh acids and a very faint suggestion of baked fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The latest edition of this Coonawarra merlot is a stunner, with plenty of cedary oak and classic stoic Katnook style: there's mulberry, plum and cassis fruit here. The palate's juicy and fleshy, underpinned with fine tannin structure. Balanced neatly through the finish. Late sweep of toasty oak.
SMH Good Wine Guide, 2011
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Strongly savoury, but equally strongly varietal; earth and black olive frame the blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This shows the trademark emphasis of Katnook yet there’s a decent push of fruit peeking through: plums, spice and berries here. The palate shows dominant oak, which appears a little drying at the moment making this a wine to drink in the short to medium term.
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, but has complex aromas, flavours and texture; redcurrant, plum, cedar and spice are all surrounded by gentle, soft tannins running through to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Tyson Stelzer (2005 Vintage) says
Great Merlots don't come around often enough in Australia, so stock up on this one. It's got more layers of creamy black fruits and exotic spice than ever, culminating in a fresh, fruity finish, supported by firm, fine tannins.
WBM Wine 100
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Shows strong varietal character throughout in an olive/cedar/spice spectrum; medium-bodied, with fine, silky tannins and a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Strong, cedary oak drives both the bouquet and palate; good texture and mouthfeel, with olive-tinged varietal fruit still discernible. Simply too long (2 years) in oak. A pity.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the fragrant bouquet has berry and olive varietal character supported by well-balanced and integrated oak; the sweet plummy fruit of the palate is similarly well supported by soft tannins and balanced oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is at once subtle yet complex, with savoury/foresty aromas which flow through seamlessly to the palate, where they are a little more intense, backed by plummy fruit and supported by soft tannins. One of the many faces of Australian Merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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