Katnook `Founder's Block` Riesling 2009 (12 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

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RRP $18

$14.99 per Bottle
$179.88 per case
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Katnook Founder’s Block wines are named in honour of the original land holding of John Riddoch, the founder of Coonawarra. With the Katnook Estate pedigree of ‘Classic Coonawarra’, the Founder’s Block range is styled for everyday drinking, inviting a modern generation of wine drinkers to enjoy the pleasures of Coonawarra wine… people who know what they want and with whom they like to share it. 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.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Katnook Founder's Block has added a varietal Riesling to its range, launching with the 2009 vintage at a retail price of $18. This is the first Katnook Founder's Block wine to bear the new cream coloured label, which will adorn all whites in the range from here on. Winemaker Wayne Stehbens is confident the wine will cellar for at least seven years.Drink Magazine (MAR/2011)

Zesty, flavours of lime and ripe pear National Liquor News (APR/2010)

Pale colour. Lime/ herb garden/ touch of verbena/ hint of oilskin. Well concentrated minerally style with lemon/ pear skin, touch al dente texture, fine clear acidity. Finishes long and slightly chalky. Andrew Caillard MW (AUG/2011)

Winery Tasting Notes


Pale straw yellow with light green tinges.


The wine has appealing lemon and lime citrus aromas with subtle floral notes and a pleasurable hint of spice.


A wonderfully poised palate with fresh citrus fruit and crisp zesty acid leading through to a dry and refreshing finish.

Food Matching

This crisp and fresh wine will be a wonderful accompaniment to Thai style fish cakes on a bed of salad and bean-shoots, as a light snack. Try also with a homemade thin-based pizza with grilled chicken pieces, a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of sharp cheese and topped with fresh rocket.

Vintage Condition

Although the 2009 summer was warmer than usual,ideal ripening conditions though February and March produced above average quality across all varieties in the vineyard.

Harvest of Riesling in mid March was a little earlier than expected and was completed by 23rd March. The grapes were in near perfect condition, disease free with close to optimum ripeness and maturities.

This Coonawarra Riesling is fresh and crisp, ready for immediate drinking but will gain lovely complexity in the short term.

SA - Coonawarra
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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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