Katnook `Founder's Block` Chardonnay 2009 (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

Lapsed devotees of chardonnay should look to Katnooks just released 2009 Founders Block as good reason to take up a glass of what was once Australias favourite varietal. This Coonawarra wine that tells us what good chardonnay is all about – abundant ripe peach and melon flavours with a nice hint of grapefruit to it, and a texture in the mouth thats delightfully smooth and silky. Fruit for this came from an interesting vintage, one that was preceded by four days of record high temperatures, followed by a welcome spell of mild temperatures and rewarding dry conditions. David Ellis, Daily Mercury (11/JUN/2011)

A creamy medium-bodied chardonnay from Coonawarra showing a good mix of fruit and oak. Theres a slight lees influence on the palate with the oak sitting alongside in harmony. It focuses nicely to the finish, which is sustained with a crisp acid. Rating 88 - Ray Jordan, West Australian (19/MAY/2011)

Peach, pineapple, and hints of citrus with a touch of toast highlighting the elegant palate structure.Rating 88 - Ray Jordan (19/MAY/2011)

Winery Tasting Notes


Light straw yellow tinted with pale green.


An attractive array of fruit driven Chardonnay aromas showing stylish peach and nectarine, along with zesty grapefruit. A very subtle toastiness from oak adds a lovely touch of complexity.


An appealing array of tantalizing flavours with peach, pineapple, hints of citrus and a touch of toast highlighting the elegant palate structure. The mouthfeel has a subtle richness and creaminess displaying elegant oak characters with enticing fruit and fine acid that is fresh and lingering.

Food Matching

Pan fried chicken breast stuffed with finely diced mushroom and chorizo served with asparagus and baby carrots. 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.

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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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