Katnook `Founder's Block` Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (6 x 750mL), Coonawarra.

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Appealing dark berry fruits with light plum & hints of black currant and with regional aromatic mint. The well-structured palate expresses sweet berry fruit and light oak flavours. Ripe dark berries, plum and dusty mulberry characters abound with a hint of regional mint highlighting the lush palate flavours. Fine grained soft tannins add to the attractive lingering fruit.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

"It’s an Aussie version of an uncomplicated Claret. Structure, fruit, varietal integrity and a satisfying finish. It’s not thick or concentrated, overdone or especially impressive. It’s just good cabernet drinking. Dark in the glass. Some blackcurrant notes. Some chalkiness. Maybe some honey/chocolate. I’d give it another year, then drink it over the next handful. "Rating 89 - Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com (13/MAY/2011)

A respected name from SA’s Coonawarra, our top cabernet district. A rich, fruit-driven style with a whisper of oak.Ian MacTavish, Better Homes & Gardens (01/JUL/2011)

Coonawarra cabernet is the thinking persons choice of red wine; rich without being too jammy; structured without being too lean. This is a fruit-driven wine with a palate dominated by dark wild berry characters and hints of blackcurrant with a few minty notes. There is the merest hint of oak influence, sensible alcohol levels at 13.5 per cent and an appealing softness. With nice tannin structure, this has easygoing appeal and would be great with a steak. Winsor Dobbin, Sunday Examiner (05/06/2011)

Opens with a distinctive cool mint nose so typical of Coonawarra. Its a medium-bodied cabernet displaying fine tannins and subtle oak in support of the soft fruit flavours. Perfect as a wine to drink over the next few years and best while it retains some fresher primary fruit flavours. Rating 88 - Ray Jordan, Western Australian(12/May/2011)

By no means is this new Coonawarra cabernet, released in tandem with an equally good 2009 chardonnay, a blockbuster. Like recent vintages its very approachable with minimum oak treatment, soft and supple, textured and easy drinking with sweet black fruit flavours, a hint of mint and juicy tannins." Kerry Skinner, llawarra Mercury, (13/APR/2011)

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep ruby red with purple tinges.


An intense nose of blackcurrant and red fruits with lifted mint characters. The small amount of oak maturation lends deft notes of toast and sweet spice to the fruit aromas.


The well-structured palate expresses sweet berry fruit and light oak flavours. Ripe dark berries, plum and dusty mulberry characters abound with a hint of regional mint highlighting the lush palate flavours. Fine grained soft tannins add to the attractive lingering fruit.

Food Matching

Try strips of beef, wokfried in blackbean sauce and served with soba noodles and Asian greens as a great accompaniment. This Cabernet would also be superb after dinner with a selection of cheeses including vintage cheddar and rich blue with plum paste and sliced pear, enjoyed with friends.

Winemaking Note

The 2009 vintage was preceded by a brief blast of heat with four consecutive days of record high temperatures in Coonawarra. Fortunately, healthy vine canopies shielded most varieties from any major damage. Cool to mild temperatures and dry conditions followed this heat blast, providing a long slow ripening period, producing fruit that was harvested at optimum ripeness.

SA - Coonawarra
Grape Style
Cabernet Sauvignon
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Winery Profile

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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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