Katnook `Founder's Block` Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (24 x 375mL), SA

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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

Lively zesty, blackcurrant and cassis fruit, and fine tannins to provide structure.

Rating 92. Cellar until 2020 James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion , 2012.

This label honours John Riddoch who founded Coonawarra and paved the way for its winemaking future. A classic Coonawarra cabernet, lickings of blackberry fruit, minty undertones, cleverly oaked, juicy tannins. Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury, 15th October 2011

Everyone had this wine in his or her top three bottles of the evening and three had it as their top wine. For those of us trying to guess the varietal is was relatively easy with its dark colour and classic plummy cassis with notes of tobacco and herbs taste. This was the most expensive wine of the evening but one, which we can recommend. The region of Coonawarra in South Australia is the best in that country for Cabernet Sauvignon and Katnook Estate is a well know and respected wine maker and thus no surprise that this wine pleased our educated palates.Tongham Wine Tasters, February 2012

Coonawarra cabernet us the thinking person's 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. There is the merest hint of oak influence, sensible alcohol levels at 13.5% and an appealing softness. Great with steak.Winsor Dobbin, Sunday Examiner TAS, July 2011

Opens with a distinctive cool mint nose so typical of Coonawarra. It's 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, The West Australian, 12th May 2011

Fresh-picked mint and blackcurrant, also leafy elements and fresh cut herbs. The palate's styled for early drinking. Freshness from start to finish.Nick Stock, WBM (JUL/2011)

Founder's Block might easily woo drinkers back to cabernet. It presents the variety's alluring, pure ripe berry aroma and flavour on a gentle, elegantly structured palate that grips without rasping, as young cabernet sometimes does. It does this without diminishing the varietal character and drinking satisfaction. It's simply made to enjoy right now rahter than in 10 or 15 years.Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times, 6th April 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.

Vintage Condition

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.

This Cabernet Sauvignon features generous and rich fruit flavours of the vintage with excellent colour and fine tannins. It will be a great drinking wine for all occasions.

Winemaking Note

Made using minimal oak maturation, approximately 15% of the wine was matured in a combination of French and American Barriques, 30% of which were new.

Medals & Trophies

Bronze Medal, International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011 "Flavoursome and mellow taste. Light style. Perfectly balanced. Will improve."

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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