Katnook `Founders Block` Chardonnay 2008 (12 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

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An appealing array of fresh and tantalizing fruit flavours with hints of toasty oak maturation notes highlight a generous palate structure.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

A rare bird - a likeable Chardonnay with a bit of dimension. From Coonawarra, Founder's Block has melon and stonefruit aromas with a dab of oak, all in good balance, and in the mouth it has a freshness and fruit intensity, along with some winemaking complexity to add interest. It is smooth with a dry finish. Food ideas - chicken breast stir fry; salmon. Four stars. Ralph Kyte Powell, The Age - Epicure, (5/10/2010)

"Founder's Block is the cheaper label of this Coonawarra producer. Made in the modern chardonnay style, this is fruit-driven and lightly-wooded. It would marry well with prawn salad. "Jeff Collerson, Daily Telegraph, (04/09/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes


Brilliant straw yellow.


Showing an attractive array of fresh aromas - stone fruits, pineapple and some lovely citrus characters are all apparent on the nose. Subtle light toasty oak notes add a touch of complexity to the fruit driven aromas.


An appealing range of fresh tantalising fruit flavours with hints of toasty oak notes to highlight the generous palate structure. On the mouthfeel there is subtle richness and creaminess with light oak adding to the enticing fruit flavours and the palate is fresh and lingering.

Food Matching

Try a delicious dish of crispy pork belly with seared scallops drizzled with olive oil and sweet paprika dressing. Marinade tofu in soy, ginger, cumin and sesame oil then cook into a stir-fry with steaming hokkien noodles, shitake mushrooms and baby bok choy for a delicious vegetarian alternative.

Wine Background

Katnook Founder’s Block wines are named in honour of the original land holding of John Riddoch, the founder of Coonawarra. With the Katnook Estate pedigree of ‘Classic Coonawarra’, the Founder’s Block range is styled for everyday drinking, inviting a modern generation of wine drinkers to enjoy the pleasures of Coonawarra wine… people who know what they want and with whom they like to share it. The wines are grounded in the past but genuinely focused on the present. They are honest, fruit driven, harmonious and shine with pure Coonawarra character.

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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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