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Katnook Estate Sauvignon Blanc

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You’ll feel savvy once you’ve purchased this classic white from Katnook estate. As you know, Sauvignon Blanc is on the whole a drink now proposition not a wine for cellaring. Well winemaker Wayne Stebhens believes the Katnook Savvy is one of the few that will comfortably cellar for a decade or so. He was one of the first to plant the grape in Australia and his site selection was spot on because the wine absolutely hums. Gooseberry and lime, as well as lychee appear on the nose with some herbaceous aromas before a layered palate of tropical fruit, gooseberry and hints of minerals. It would partner well with some soft cheese and toasted bread.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale straw with light green tinges.

Nose: Complex fruit aromas showing restrained tropical and gooseberry notes along with subtle herbaceous aromas of leaf and capsicum with a hint of grassiness and flint.

Palate: The palate features classic varietal fruit characters with a delicate balance of tropical lychee fruit and subtle herbaceous tones. Hints of mineral and flinty notes add to the intricate fruit and enhance a zesty lingering finish.

Food: Natural oysters are the winemaker’s favourite match to this Sauvignon Blanc. Try with a pan-fried fillet of snapper drizzled with lemon caper dressing or for something more substantial, enjoy with Spanish seafood paella.

Alcohol: 13%

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Katnook Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
91
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Fruit-driven and elegant, this grown-up's version of sauvignon blanc reveals a fresh, lightly floral and estery bouquet of passionfruit, blackcurrant and tropical fruits. It's fine, long and chalky, with bright flavours of cassis, lychees and gooseberries neatly wrapped in refreshing, citrusy acids. Very restrained but complete.
2013-2016
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
92
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
I never expected a newly released, year old Coonawarra Sauvignon to maintain such freshness of apple, pear and limezest, finishing textural and fine.
WBM Wine 100 2011
91
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Has to be one of the best produced from Stehbens, who started back in 1981. It's minerally, with a light herbaceousness that I find most appealing. Plenty of acid which is fine and precise. Will handle extended cellaring.
The West Australian, 2010
93
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
This is a pretty damn good sauvignon blanc - from Katnook Estate. It has a bit of class to it. And a bit of oak too, no doubt. It tastes of gravel and dried herbs and has lots of power - but it�s straight and piercing, rather than big and overwhelming. Gunmetal notes too. Lemon and grass. Very tasty.
Winefront Monthly, 2010
92
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Lightly grassy aromas of gooseberries and passionfruit precede a bright, long and flavoursome palate whose juicy presence of gooseberries, passionfruit, green olives and grassy undertones finishes with lively, refreshing acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; the bouquet is crisp and fresh, the palate has good intensity and purity to the predominantly herbaceous and gooseberry flavours that run all the way through to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Katnook has chipped away at sauvignon for many years, I can still remember bottles of the golden '86 vintage on the top shelves of bottle-shop fridges. This estate wine has some impressive focus, bright aromatics and citrus/tropical fruits. The palate is gently balanced and carries plenty of flavour, restrained and minerally.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Unusually concentrated, this lightly grassy sauvignon blanc is simply packed full of fruit. Intense, tangy flavours of gooseberries, passionfruit and lychees are crammed into its long, luscious and juicy palate. It finishes fresh and clean, with a lingering chalky texture and an almost cloying persistence of essence-like fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
92
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Almost an exaggerated wine, whose lightly herbal and floral perfume of intense passionfruit, gooseberries and blackcurrant fruit is just a fraction estery and spicy. It's round and generously flavoured, with mouthfilling but not overblown varietal flavour cleanly wrapped in refreshingly tight acids. Long and lingering, it finishes with a persistent core of fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
91
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Clean, grippy, lots of slatey mouthfeel, zipped up with lemon and gooseberry and lengthened by green, herbal, bean-like vitality. There's a lot going on here, and excellent structure. Excellent to drink now, and clear to see that it will age well medium term.
Winefront Monthly Website 2007
93
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Coonawarra is not generally known for its sauvignon blanc but Katnook Estate is an exception- it can be so good that the wonder is that the region doesn't perform better with the variety. The 2005 is one such release. Dry and long, grassy and intense, with flavours of mineral and lychee dancing among one another. It pushes through to a very dry and stylish finish, and is highly recommended.
Winefront Monthly 2005
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very light straw-green; clean and flowery aromas; delicate gooseberry fruit; crisp finish, excellent length. Major success.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Rather a herbaceous, slightly old-fashioned but distinctively varietal sauvignon blanc with a dusty, nettie-like aroma of asparagus, capsicum and gooseberries. It's a punchy, generous wine, with a juicy, slippery palate packed with flavours of passionfruit and gooseberries, finishing with lemony acids and a hint of mineral.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Delicate, focused aromas of fresh tropical and citrus fruits with a suggestion of grassiness. Pristine and refreshing, its piercing, yet restrained core of pure sauvignon blanc flavour culminates in a soft acid finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Intense, classic redcurrant/gooseberry fruit aromas; the palate is polished and fine, not quite as powerful as the bouquet suggests, but very good nonetheless.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
91
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; initially the aromas are of herb and mineral, but more tropical gooseberry characters then open up. A powerful, strongly structured wine on the palate with abundant weight. The finish grabs ever so slightly. Gold medal 1998 National Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
93

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