Katnook `Founders Block` Merlot 2007 (12 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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A medium bodied wine with excellent intensity of raspberry and cherry fruit flavours that combine on the palate with marshmallow oak characters.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Katnook's Founder's Block range has been consistently good since it was introduced a few years ago. Merlot would put it to the test though, I figured. But having consumed a glass of this, I can happily report that this is pretty good stuff. It's plummy and cedary, perhaps even a touch minerally. It's dry and structured too, with a small hole in the mid palate, but in general it offers a good amount of fruit and oak flavour. If you were being critical you'd note that it's a wine that doesn't bear scrutiny, but leaning back and just having a glass of red... it's enjoyable, and satisfying. Rated : 88 Points Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthly (Apr/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes


Plum red with light garnet tinges.


Attractive redcurrant, liqueur cherry and raspberry fruit meld with delicious vanilla marshmallow and liquorice. Intriguing layers of cigar box, cedar and dark chocolate oak characters add layer and complexity.


A medium bodied wine with excellent intensity of raspberry and cherry fruit flavours that combine on the palate with marshmallow oak characters. An easy drinking style with attractive, yet savoury lingering fruit notes.

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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