In 1981, decades before Sauvignon Blanc soared in the popularity stakes, Wayne Stehbens first released the variety from Katnook Estate.
Katnook Estate has 18 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc planted and average vine age is 32 years. All plantings are on the same terra rossa soil as Katnook’s best Cabernet Sauvignon plots. The vines are sprawled, (rather than the traditional Vertical Shoot Positioning), optimising flavour development.
Katnook bucks the general view that Australian Sauvignon Blanc does not age. Katnook Estate’s first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc, 1981, was tasted recently and it was extraordinarily youthful – orange blossom with a touch of minerality and barely a hint of oxidation. With this in mind, Wayne suggests current vintages be cellared for up to 10 years.
- SA - Coonawarra
- South Australia
Ever since seeing a cellared 1997 version of this wine in 2012 I continue to think about the pedigree that allows such fine maturity - it's a complex yet delicate wine with great tension and steely acidity. Samurai sword sharp, but easy to drink. Superb. 94 -WBM, 1 February 2014
Deep colour, and true to the richer style of Katnook Estate; aromas of straw, nettle, nectarine and fennel are all evident on the bouquet; the palate is lively on entry, with depth of fruit an attractive aspect of its texture; a thinking persons sauvignon perhaps. Rating 91 -James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014
This vintage includes some wild yeast, barrel work and Semillon. Passionfruit, some brulee, lime and pea pod. Has a bit of richness and width…a nice drink. Balanced and easy. Tangy pea pod finish. Rating 90 -Gary Walsh, Wine Front (14/AUG/2013)
The 2012 Katnook Estate Sauvignon Blanc opens with lovely lemon, lime and green apple aromas with an herbal undercurrent and suggestion of chalk dust. Light to medium-bodied, it is crisp and nicely textured in the mouth before finishing long with a slightly savory note. Drink it now to 2015. Rating 89 -Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com, February 2014
Winemaker Wayne Stehbens has been at the vanguard of sauvignon blanc production in Australia for decades. This new release includes a small proportion of semillon (5 per cent) and is lean and clean with restrained tropical fruit flavours, herbaceous characters and a zesty acidic backbone. Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury, (NOV/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale straw with light green tinges.
Complex fruit aromas showing restrained tropical and gooseberry notes along with subtle herbaceous aromas of leaf and capsicum with a hint of grassiness and flint.
The palate features classic varietal fruit characters with a delicate balance of tropical lychee fruit and subtle herbaceous tones. Hints of mineral and flinty notes add to the intricate fruit and enhance a zesty lingering finish.
Natural oysters are the winemaker’s favourite match to this Sauvignon Blanc. Try with a pan-fried fillet of snapper drizzled with lemon caper dressing or for something more substantial, enjoy with Spanish seafood paella.