Katnook `Founder's Block` Chardonnay 2009 (24 x 375mL half bottle), 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. This wine has a subtle richness with enticing fruit and light oak flavours that are persistent and fresh, a wine for all occasions.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Pale colour. Tropical fruit/ touch of green pea/ white peach aromas. Mineral restrained style with white peach/ pear flavours, touch al dente texture, long mineral acidity. Quite tangy at the finish. Andrew Caillard MW, Aug 2011

A creamy medium-bodied chardonnay from Coonawarra showing a food mix of fruit and oak. There's 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. Drink it while still youthful. Ray Jordan, The West Australian (MAY/2011)


2009 Katnook Founder's Block Chardonnay is recommended for its medium body, spiciness, fruit and acid balance Annie Smithers, Country Style, April 2012

Peach, pineapple and hints of citrus with a touch of toast highlighting the elegant palate structure.National Liquor News (APR/2011)

Lapsed devotees of Chardonnay looking for an enticement back to the fold, should look to Katnook's just-released 2009 Founder's Block as good reason to once more take up a glass of what was once Australia's favourite varietal. Because this is a 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 that's 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. The latter contributed to a long and - slow ripening period that allowed the fruit time to develop wonderfully rich varietal character, and while it's ready to enjoy now with roast pork or panfriend Atlantic salmon, it will reward those with space in the cellar for a case to enjoy through 2013-2014 as it develops further rich flavour complexity. At $18 a bottle it's a worthwhile investment.David Ellis, Melbourne Observer, 13th April 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.


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.

The Chardonnay wines have attractive ripe varietal expression showing the vibrant stone fruit flavours expected of them.

Winemaking Note

A small proportion of this wine was barrel fermented then matured on yeast lees for approximately six months in predominantly American oak barrels.

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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