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Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon

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Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon

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Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Highly concentrated and powerful interpretation of Coonawarra Cabernet, A two-stage oak maturation process, where the wine is racked to additional new oak, increased the new oak influence. This has been matured for almost three years in French and American oak. The intense fruit, with its precise lines, provides a wine of great length and focus. It will cellar for many years.
The West Australian Pick of the Week
96
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Has been accorded the full Odyssey treatment, matured for 34 months in a mixture of French and American barriques, 70 per cent new; a full-bodied wine, with abundant blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, and tannins that have not been silenced by the protracted barrel ageing.
2023
Wine Authority
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Developed colour; a typical cedary bouquet reflecting 36 months in predominantly French oak barriques; has savoury, minty characters with considerable length and persistence, the core of sweet fruit within that bundle breaking free on the finish and aftertaste.
2026
Australian Wine Companion 2012
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An intense wine with tremendous depth of flavour despite modest alcohol; blackcurrant and blackberry fruit resonates through the palate, which has absorbed its lengthy stay in French oak; the tannins, too, are balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
A standout from Katnook with abundant ripe Cabernet fruit on the nose – black cherry, cassis and more, with strident oak adding dark, tarry complexity. The palate has power with elegance, a hallmark of great Coonawarra Cabernet, with sturdy ripe tannins and flavour running deep through the finish.
94
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
This is Katnook's top-of the-wasser shiraz from this outstanding Coonawarra vintage. There is power and graceful elegance here in a wine showing almost cabernet-like structure. A great wine with many years ahead of it.
The West Australian 2008
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
This is Katnook's monster flagship cabernet. Its quality is rarely in dispute. Layers of oak-derived flavour with notes of toast and coffee, clove and spices. There's some nougat and coconutlike sweetness - that's the Odyssey style; big oak and big fruit flavour. The fruit doesn't disappoint; it's minty and aniseedy, curranty and full-bodied. It's a remarkably smooth and supple red, like it's been massaged and groomed to be immaculately smooth and supple. In all, you'd call it balanced, rich and persistent.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
In absolutely classic Odyssey style; three years in new and one-year-old French and American barriques; silky smooth black fruits, cedary oak and tannins all coalesce; the Screwcap will underwrite its long future
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
Lots of showy oak, manifested here in the pervasive scents of freshly baked cocunut macaroons and sandalwood. Do not fear: this is matched by profound flavours of red- and blackberried fruits. It's firmly tannic, fresh, beautifully structured and long through the mouth. Serve, and expect to hear all the oohs and aahs you could ask for at this price.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/2010 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
This is Katnook's monster flagship cabernet. All things considered, we prefer drinking the 'standard' or Founder's Block Cabernet, but that's just a style preference. The quality here is not in dispute. Lots of showy oak, manifested here in the pervasive scents of freshly baked coconut macaroons and sandalwood. Do not fear: this is matched by profound flavours of red- and blackberried fruits. It's firmly tannic, fresh, beautifully structured and long through the mouth. Serve, and expect to hear all the oohs and aahs you could ask for at this price.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Here the wine spends 38 months in oak, in the manner of the super-cuvees of Guigal; in the same way, it achieves miraculous balance, the fruit supple and sinuous; delicious blackcurrant flavours intermingle with cedar, mocha and cigar box; fine tannins to close.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
A very complex, round and mouthfilling wine; amazing combination of 38 months in predominantly new French and American oak, and low alcohol; cedar, vanilla, mocha and earth, black fruits still there, likewise fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
96
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Fragrant red berry fruits; masses of cedar, cigar box and sandalwood; fine, ripe tannins.
2010
Australian Wine Companion 2006
94
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the complex bouquet boasts a seamless marriage of oak (first) and fruit (second); the palate has very good texture and structure, blackcurrant fruit coming to the fore, leaving the tannins in an appropriate support role.
2004-2020
Australian Wine Companion 2004
95
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; lots of dusty/spicy/cedary/vanilla oak sit on top of blackberry fruit on the bouquet; the palate offers a powerful and intense mix of the foregoing, and is well structured; simply oak rather than fruit-driven.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1994 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is ripe and complex with masses of cedar and vanilla oak wrapped around intense mulberry and blackberry fruit. The palate is opulently sweet, ripe and rich, particularly for the 1994 vintage, with soft, lingering tannins. Fruit and oak are here in abundance, providing a head-on clash with John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, and succeeding well.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
94
James Halliday (1992 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the complex, elegant bouquet shows intense red berry and cedar aromas. A delicious wine on the palate, with red berry/cassis fruit to open, then with fine, dusty tannins running right through to the finish. Food-style.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
94

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