Katnook Estate Merlot 2008 (6 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

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Katnook Estate Merlot is one of the unsung heroes of the portfolio. Its substantial flavour profile offers attractive ripe varietal notes with regional spicy tones with generous palate structures and soft tannins.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

"A stunner"

The latest edition of this Coonawarra merlot is a stunner, with plenty of cedary oak and classic stoic Katnook style: there's mulberry, plum and cassis fruit here. The palate is juicy and fleshy, underpinned with fine tannin structure. Balanced neatly through the finish. Late sweep of toasty oak. Rating 93 and rated good value. Nick Stock, The Age/SMH Good Wine Guide 2011

"Delightfully perfumed."

Fragrant, floral aromas of dark cherries, plums, blackberries and fresh cedar/vanilla oak are delightfully perfumed. Long, smooth and juicy, its spotlessly fresh cherry/berry fruit knits tightly with lightly chocolatey oak and fine, silk tannins. Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2011

"For Bordeaux lovers"

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 2012

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep plum with light purple tinges.


The aroma features vibrant, ripe dark berry fruit including blueberry and boysenberry. Hints of lifted violet are complemented with vibrant nutmeg and cinnamon spice notes. All the wonderful fruit characters are backed by subtle dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel oak maturation tones.


The palate is generous, rich and rounded with ample ripe juicy berry fruit flavours. The tannins are supple and seductive. Subtle and harmonious coffee and chocolate oak complements the fruit. Spicy notes lend depth and complexity to the palate.

Food Matching

Perfect with Moroccan-spiced lamb backstrap cooked on the barbeque, served with a Grecian salad and drizzled with lemon and paprika infused yoghurt dressing.

SA - 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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