Katnook `Founder's Block` Merlot 2011 (6 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

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This Merlot wine features generous and rich fruit flavours with excellent colour and fine tannins of the vintage. A great drinking wine for all occasions.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Light colour; the wine has genuine varietal expression, arguably too genuine, with its black olive/forest overtones to the plum/cassis fruit. Rating 88 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014

It doesn’t hold back on the dark, ripe fruit, so be ready for a mouthful of forest berries from the very first sip. There’s a lovely, subtle sweetness from all that fruit which makes it so enjoyable and approachable. There’s also a little bit of warm oak and a velvety-ness that is comforting and warming. Like throwing a big, flowy scarf around your neck. www.fabuoulsladieswinesociety.com (19/JUN/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep plum hues with light garnet tinges.


Lifted plum aromas with hints of red berries, earthy spice and subtle sweet oak.


Medium weight, displaying varietal characters of fresh plums and red berry fruits. The soft and smooth palate structure is enhanced by subtle oak spice and lively acid.

Food Matching

A versatile wine, fantastic with Peking Duck, pancakes and hoisin sauce. Perfect with a plate of plum-marinated pork ribs.

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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