Katnook Estate Merlot 2006 (12 x 750mL),Coonawarra, SA.

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A smooth and generous palate structure that is pleasingly soft with ripe plum and savoury fruit. Subtle earthy and light spicy qualities add complexity. The wine has abundant middle palate flavour, balanced acid and soft tannins to enhance the lingering finish.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

This is hemmed in with assertive tarry oak on the nose ? a trait seen right through Katnook?s upper tiered reds but if you're willing to decant and breathe, it serves up some cool blue fruits, cassis and mulberry, along with gentle fresh garden herbs. The palate has structure in spades: the oak frames it up nicely, laying ripe plum and dark cherry flavour in a neat, straight line through the finish.Rating 92 - Nick Stock, Good wine Guide 2011

Mocha, sweaty leather and graphite come together in this finely balanced and juicy wine. The weather of 2006 was even more promising than the 1994 vintage, so this wine is assured great longevity I will be drinking mine circa 2020. As it ages, it will acquire a fleshy texture, a hint of buckwheat honey and even more elegance. Superb. Rating 92 - Matthew Sullivan, www.lawandstyle.ca (JUN/2010)

Strongly savoury, but equally strongly varietal; earth and black olive frame the blackcurrant and redcurrent fruit; good length. Rating 89 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Compendium 2010

Merlot has occupied a no-man's land: consumers don't know what to expect and many winemakers are lost too. This Coonawarra version is a good introduction: plummy fruit, a touch of fruitcake, cedary oak, balanced mouth watering flavour, good intensity and a tangy cut of acidity. It finishes long with hints o violet and cedar. 4 Stars - Ralph Kyte Powell, The Age Epicure, Melbourne (22/JUL/2009)

A mix of berries and plum, tobacco and cedar and attractive unobtrusive nutty oak. Medium bodied, fresh and lively with excellent balance throughout - nothing hot, jangling or jarring here. Sweet fruit and savoury flavours co-exist in harmony and the length is excellent. Lovely wine - made for drinking. Rated 93 - Gary Walsh, Wine Front(MAR/2009)

You know this is going to be a serious merlot - by the maker, region and price. It is. Instantly, there are aromas of inky black berries in the glass. The first sip reveals more on the palate, which is plump in the mouth and layered with plums and fruitcake. Subtle oak plays a background role in one of the best merlots I've had in recent tastings.Food and Wine, Canberra Times, (06/MAY/2009)

When it comes to merlot, winemaker Wayne Stehbens is a master. He has a great affinity with the variety and it shows in this superb offering. Matured in quality French oak for 26 months, it's supple and smooth in the mouth with layers of sweet plum and berry fruit, a touch of spice, great oak and silky tannins. Drink it with roast duck. Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury, (15/APR/2009)

Expensive for this variety but Katnook has had more experience with this grape than most producers and virtually every vintage releases one of the top half-dozen merlots in Australia. This has the savoury, leathery nose typical of top-end Coonawarra merlot. The medium-weighted palate is beautifully textured with layers of supple red fruit, finishing with smooth tannins. Jeff Collerson, Daily Telegrah, Simply Food (19/MAY/2009)

Developed aromas of leather, earth, olive nuances and lifted plum. Good use of toasted oak providing flavour that "kept coming", with attractive fruit flavours in a clean, older style of wine.Australian and NZ Wine Industry Journal (01/APR/2009)

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep plum red and purple with very light garnet tinges.


Attractive combination of dark berry fruits complemented by subtle light oak. Ripe plum with earthy forest floor fruit aromas persist. The underlying spice and light oak tones are very nicely integrated.


A smooth and generous palate structure that is pleasingly soft with ripe plum and savoury fruit. Subtle earthy and light spicy qualities add complexity. The wine has abundant middle palate flavour, balanced acid and soft tannins to enhance the lingering finish.

Food Matching

Enjoy this wine with a rare-roasted venison loin on kumara puree with a spanish onion jam and merlot glaze.

Cellaring Potential

This wine may age gracefully for 8 -10 years.

Vintage Condition

2006 Coonawarra vintage will be remembered as being very early and for the very low yields.

Slightly above average temperatures prevailed during summer and extended into ripening. The ideal conditions produced grapes that were disease free and in excellent condition.

The wines display abundant varietal flavour and good palate structure with excellent colour, tannins and subtle richness. Harvest of Merlot commenced in the last week of March, almost 2 weeks earlier than usual in Coonawarra.

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Katnook Estate is one of the premier wineries in Australia's pre eminent red wine district, Coonawarra. Katnook Estate wines are made from select grapes grown in distinguished sites within the company's 330 hectares of Coonawarra vineyards.

Since 1980,  senior winemaker, Wayne Stehbens has crafted Katnook Estate wines and more recently, the iconic Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon and Prodigy Shiraz.   

The Coonawarra wine region, Australia's "other red centre" is recognised world wide as producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as stylish Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Currently, over 5500 hectares are under vine in Coonawarra - with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz accounting for 80% of plantings. 25% of wine produced in Coonawarra is exported.

The wines are shaped by the extraordinary terroir of Coonawarra - where the fabled Terra Rossa soils and cool maritime climate create the perfect wine grape growing environment.


Coonawarra's is famous for its prized Terra Rossa ( "Red Earth") soil. This rich, friable red loam vary from a few centimetres to a metre in depth and lie over a thin layer of calcareous matter, which in turn overlays a deep stratum of limestone. The cigar-shaped strip of Terra Rossa soil is only 12 km long and 2 km wide.  

Coonawarra appears completely flat, but in fact the red soil is situated on a slight but all important limestone ridge. The Terra Rossa soils are considered the best in the world for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.


Coonawarra is a cool wine region, with similar climatic conditions to Bordeaux, France. Both areas experience long but cool hours of sunshine during grape ripening - encouraging intense flavours balanced by good, natural acid.

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