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Katnook Estate Shiraz

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The Shiraz coming out of Coonawarra continues to amaze us that it does not have a better reputation because this release from Katnook had us in a frenzy. It’s got some real power as well as cool climate elegance and that’s what won us over, as you will discover. Aged for 15 months in American oak leaving a subtle imprint as well as raspberry and mulberry fruit, mint, pepper and spice. Layered with intense fruit before flavours of chocolate, vanilla and spice round out the palate ending with fine-grained tannins. It could only possibly go with a leg of lamb rubbed with rosemary, salt, mint and garlic.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deeply coloured plum with purple hues.

Nose: Attractive aromas of raspberry, dark cherry and hints of licorice. Subtle toasty oak complement the rich and ripe fruit.

Palate: A richly layered palate of ripe fruit and subtle oak. Highlights of raspberries, plum and hints of licorice enhance the smooth and juicy, mouth filling flavours. Gentle dusty oak and a hint of spice with fine assertive tannins, accentuate the long finish.

Food: Lamb backstrap with juicy plum sauce and potato gratin.

Cellaring: 8 to 12 years.

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Katnook Estate Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep, bright crimson; restrained and savoury aromas of black fruits, sage and spicy mocha oak; the palate is medium-to full-bodied, with tightly packed tannins and fresh black fruits, offset by a lingering mocha and floral violet note to conclude.
To 2022
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
What a superb wine. Comes from the outstanding 2008 vintage. Has an earthy savouriness of full-ripe Coonawarra fruit on the nose with a liberal amount of American oak. It's just so beautifully balanced, with a soft,fully ripe tannin structure and layers of fruit and oak complexity. Great potential. Perfect with roast lamb.
Weekend West, 2011 2011
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spice, cedar and polished leather aromas and flavours surround the core of black fruit; a super-elegant style; very good length and mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94

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