Katnook `Founder's Block` Chardonnay 2012 (6 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

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Overview

Katnook Founder’s Block wines are named in honour of the original land holding of John Riddoch, the founder of Coonawarra.

With Katnook Estate pedigree, the Founder’s Block range is styled for everyday drinking, inviting a modern generation of wine consumers to enjoy the pleasures of Coonawarra wine. 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.

Region:
SA - Coonawarra
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Quality Coonawarra white with limited oak influence. Made to drink now and perfect for a hot summer day and a fish barbecue. Rating 92 - Peter Chapman, The Chronicle, Daily Mercury & APN QLD newspapers, 28 December 2013

Chardonnay. The great white grape. From Coonawarra. This is an attractive package. It’s good value and good drinking. It tastes of peach and oak-spice and chalk, is well balanced, and combines the modern leaner style with just-enough fruit flavour and oak. An elegant solution for anyone on the hunt for well-priced chardonnay. Rating 90 Drink : 2014 - 2016 - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front (DEC/2013)

"Pristine stonefruit"For a while there, chardonnay was on the nose with many consumers. It’s undergone a big resurgence in recent years, though, courtesy of quality chardy like this offering from Coonawarra operator Katnook, with pristine stonefruit peach, nectarine and melon.Illawarra Mercury, 22 February 2013

"Rich and creamy mouthfeel"Katnook Estate have released a Founder’s Block Chardonnay from the excellent 2012 vintage in Coonawarra, one that had slightly warmer conditions than usual, below average rainfall, and was one of the region’s earliest on record. Winemaker Wayne Stehbens has created in this a wine that’s designed for enjoyment now, while also showing wonderful potential to reward buyers happy to tuck it away to mature nicely for anything up to six years. With white peach, pear and citrus flavours and a rich and creamy mouthfeel, Wayne says to consider matching it with pan fried chicken breasts stuffed with finely sliced mushrooms and chorizo, and served with accompanying asparagus. At $18, it’s certainly a good suggestion.David Ellis, Canberra Weekly, 13 March 2014

"White peach, pear and citrus flavours"Katnook Estate have released a Founder's Block Chardonnay from the excellent 2012 vintage in Coonawarra, one that had slightly warmer conditions than usual, below average rainfall, and was one of the region's earliest on record. Winemaker Wayne Stehbens has created in this a wine that's designed for enjoyment now, while also showing wonderful potential to reward buyers happy to tuck it away to mature nicely for anything up to six years. With white peach, pear and citrus flavours and a rich and creamy mouthfeel, Wayne says to consider matching it with pan fried chicken breasts stuffed with finely sliced mushrooms and chorizo, and served with accompanying asparagus. At $18, it's certainly a good suggestion. Melbourne Observer, 19 February 2014

This tastes of peach and oak-spice and chalk and has just-enough punch, and elegance, to keep all-comers happy. Rating 90 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Golden straw yellow.

Aroma

Attractive Chardonnay aromas of peach and nectarine, along with zesty grapefruit. Subtle crème caramel and creamy notes add a lovely touch of complexity.

Palate

Appealing flavours of white peach, pear and citrus, with hints of brioche, highlight the elegant palate. The mouth feel is subtly rich and creamy with elegant oak, enticing fruit and fine acid that is fresh and lingering.

Food Matching

Pan fried chicken breast stuffed with finely sliced mushroom and chorizo served with asparagus. Marinade tofu in soy, ginger, cumin and sesame oil then cook into a stir-fry with steaming hokkien noodles, shitake mushrooms and bok choy for a fantastic vegetarian alternative.

Medals & Trophies

Commended - International Wine Challenge 2014

Vintage
2012
Region
SA - Coonawarra
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13%

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.

Soil

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.

Climate

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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