Katnook Estate Merlot 2008 (12 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

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Attractive combination of dark berry fruits complemented bysubtle light oak.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Very developed colour; the wine is at the far extreme of the savoury/black olive/cedar spectrum, with fine but persistent tannins running through the length of the palate; for Bordeaux lovers.Rating 92 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (AUG/2011)

... has a brilliant color, generous ripe fruit flavors and fine tannins. Maturation for 21 months before release provides a chocolatey oak nuance. Good drinking now, it will further develop with a few years in the cellar. Ross Noble, Mt Barker Courier (AUG/2011)

Classy wine with savoury/earthy characters dominating the nose and an oaky palate with nice persistence of some excellent ripe fruit flavours in the background.4 Stars - Peter Douglas, peter Weinberg, Luke Skeer, Winestate Magazine (FEB/2011)

One of the Coonawarras leaders in varietal merlot, a variety often brought into action with the regions cabernet, but here firing on all its own cylinders with vibrant juicy plum aromas, fine oak that dances well around the fruit without treading on its toes and a generous mouth full of flavour. Terrific wine.Rating 94 - Louise Radman, Adlaide Advertiser (NOV/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep dark plum reds with purple tinges.


Ripe highlighted fruit aromas, an alluring combination of plum and dark berry fruits with restrained oak notes. While rich in fruit, suggestions of varietal earthiness and forest floor are nicely integrated with subtle hints of light spicy oak.


Delicious layers of ripe fruit gently laced with subtle oak andoak maturation flavours. A rich middle-palate with hints of spicy plum and subtle earthy characters that effortlessly combine with sweet vanilla, chocolaty oak flavours and maturation complexities. Gentle, fine tannins complement the abundant fruit flavours and enrich the lingering finish.

Cellaring Potential

This wine will age gracefully for 8-10 years.

Food Matching

A suggested accompaniment is twice roasted duck in red wine reduction served with roasted potatoes, pan-fried mushrooms and green beans. A rare rib-eye beef roast served with sliced field mushrooms in a rich jus would also perfectly complement this smooth and complex Merlot.

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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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