Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz
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The prodigy stands tall as one of the icon wines of Coonawarra and you’d have to describe winemaker as a prodigy for crafting a drop this good. Yes, it’s that good that it demands a moments silence out of respect. This is the result of drawing the best Shiraz fruit from a single vineyard that lies on the distinct Terra Rossa soils of the region. Rare to find this kind of concentration, the Prodigy is all about poise with dark berries, some licorice and spice. There’s plush upfront fruit with supple chocolate-like tannins showing enormous balance. It will last comfortably for a decade or more but if you are going to treat yourself, match it with some roast beef and horseradish mash.
Colour: Deep, dark plum red with purple hues.
Nose: A rich and complex array of fruit, oak and subtle maturation aromas. Attractive ripe raspberry and plum fruit aromas with sweet anise and licorice spice tones. Sweet vanillin and cedary oak with subtle mocha adds fine complexity to the fruit aromas.
Palate: A sumptuous palate structure, richly layered with ripe fruit seamlessly combines the crafted oak and maturation flavours. Ripe raspberry and plum fruit with sweet anise and licorice spices are complemented with lingering varietal pepper flavours. Soft and fine persistent tannins are in harmony with the palate structure.
Food Matching: The rich flavours of Prodigy are perfectly suited to a pepper crusted lamb rack served on ratatouille and horseradish mash.
Katnook Estate Awards & Accolades
Silver Medal: 2011 International Wine and Spirit Competition
"Sophisticated shiraz now in its 10th vintage. Extended maturation for 26 months in new and used French and American oak, layers of plum and black fruit, spice and chocolate, lovely poise and balance, fine, silky tannins and a pedigree to cellar for many years to come. " - Kerry Skinner for the Illawarra Mercury, 2011
"Deep colour. Intense blackberry/ vanilla/ malt aromas with boysenberry notes. Generous fruit sweet boysenberry/ red currant/ malty/ vanillin flavours. Finishes firm and long. " - Andrew Calliard MW for Langton's Online, 2011
"This is ballistically super charged with lashings of Super Supreme oak, nougat sweetness, dark, concentrated berry fruit and mocha tannins. Has its time and place, and in 2008, reaches 11 on the dial, but in its own gait." - 93 Points, Mike Bennie for WBM Wine 100, 2011
expert reviews about
Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz
This is an awesome and powerful statement of Coonawarra shiraz. Winemaker Wayne Stehbens chooses the best fruit from individual parcels and matures it in a mix of largely new French and American oak over at least 26 months. Such is the intensity of the fruit that it absorbs all the oak with ease.
The flavour of dark fruit, spices and a touch of licorice and mocha is intense and complex. One for the cellar.The West Australian, 2011
Deep purple-crimson; relatively speaking, more elegant than some of its predecessors, 26 months in predominantly French and American oak barrels woven into the quite savoury/spicy black fruits and the extended finish.2020Australian Wine Companion 2012
This is the 10th release of Katnook Estate Prodigy shiraz. It spends 26 months in a mix of French and American oak, about half of which is new. Full-bodied and rich but this 2008 is remarkably spritely. It tastes of liqueured cherries, plums, toasty/smoky oak and bourbon. Those descriptors probably make it sound heavy, but the flavours remain fresh and lively, despite their intensity. Fresh acidity to finish. Soft, melted-in tannin. Faultless in the big, rich fashion.Wine Front, Oct 2011
A sumptuous, powerful but measured shiraz that balances its deeply ripened and concentrated blackberry and briary fruit with smoky, chocolatey oak. Full to medium weight, it's long and firm, supported by firm, fine-grained oak-derived tannins and saturated with flavours of blood plums, blackberries, redcurrants and cassis that soaks up its polished new oak influences. Give it plenty of time.2020-2028The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Dense colour; the rich bouquet of black fruits and quality oak is replicated on the palate,which is stylish and intense, extract and alcohol perfectly balanced.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Smoky, oaky and slightly baked. Spicy, earthy and meaty aromas of confiture-like red and black berries and white pepper are given the full treatment with slightly varnishy cedar/chocolate oak. Deep, dark, slightly spirity flavours of preserved plums and berries are cloaked by raw and assertive charry vanilla/caramel oak influences, finishing with genuine length of mulberry-like fruit, oak and briary, meaty undertones.The Australian Wine Annual 2012
A dense, dark and powerful wine, full of red fruits and a slight edge of fresh herbs; good length and intensity of fruit.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Yep, lots of thick, toasty, mocha-like oak (it almost smells of nougat), but the oak beds very nicely into the richly blackberried, raspberried fruit. There's a twist of pepper and plenty of spice too; actually, there are lots of things nice here. Medium- to full-bodied, fresh and lively, with fine-grained, ripe tannins and a seamless flow of flavour through the mouth, before finishing long and cedary. Huge, oak-slathered wine, but excellent at it.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/2010 2009
This is at the big, hero end of town - a style we don't often applaud in this region's shiraz. But there are exceptions to every rule, and this sure is exceptional. Yep, lots of thick, toasty, mocha-like oak (it almost smells of nougat), but the oak beds very nicely into the richly blackberried, raspberried fruit. There's a twist of pepper and plenty of spice too; actually, there are lots of things nice here. Medium- to full-bodied, fresh and lively, with fine-grained, ripe tannins and a seamless flow of flavour through the mouth, before finishing long and cedary. Huge, oak-slathered wine, but excellent at it.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
An aromatic, cedary, spicy bouquet, then an intense and long palate, showing extended maturation in French and American oak; typical Prodigy style.Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Well above-average fruit concentration for the vintage; spends several years in oak, but the fruit carries that oak, obvious though the latter may be. Overall quite luscious compared to previous vintages.Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
A rustic, leathery shiraz with plenty of meaty evolution. Rather old-fashioned, its spicy and developed bouquet reveals tarry and cedary complexity. Smooth and unctuous, its plump and richly fruited palate is pliant and firm, but lacks just a little intensity and brightness. It finishes long and savoury, with persistent flavours or dark fruits and currants.Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
A fragrant, elegant mix of black cherry, blackberry, spice and mocha oak; super-fine tannins, long finish.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Juicy, ripe and oaky, this assertive, peppery and intensely flavoured shiraz presents deep, smooth and vibrant varietal flavours in a slightly old-fashioned and jammy style. Smoky, vanilla and chocolate like oak and pristine cassis, currant, dark plum and violet-like fruit culminate in a slightly salty and savoury finish of minerally complexity. Already quite leathery, it is very expressive but lacks genuine sophistication.Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Spicy, cedary, blackberry aromas and flavours; very typical, fine-grained tannins attesting to cask and bottle age.Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
Medium to full red-purple; complex, ripe mulberry, blackberry, bramble, spice and cedar aromas come rippling through the bouquet; a similarly complex and intense palate, with good balance and length. The oak has not been overplayed (this has been a problem in some vintages).2004-2014Australian Wine Companion 2004
Medium to full red-purple; potent oak sits on top of the fruit on the bouquet; the texture and structure of the palate are excellent, with sweet tannins, but once again the flavours of the oak swamp those of the fruit. Others, I am sure, will happily accept the amount of oak and rate my judgement as harsh.Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
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