Katnook Estate Merlot 2009 (6 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

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The Katnook Estate range of premium quality, single varietal wines are an expression of the classic and unique characteristics of the Coonawarra wine region.

Since 1980, Senior Winemaker Wayne Stehbens has passionately crafted the Katnook Estate range from selected distinguished vineyards, with a philosophy that reflects the essence of Coonawarra’s unique terroir.

Steeped in heritage and tradition, the Estate range continues to be recognised and awarded both locally and internationally for the exceptional hallmark quality and style that is uniquely Coonawarra.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Merlot is scented of warm plums and mulberries over notes of bay leaf, underbrush and damp loam. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of fruit concentration, it has a medium level of chewy tannins, crisp acid and a medium to long finish. Drinking now, it should keep to 2016. Lisa Perroti-Brown, The Wine Advocate (APR/2012)

Katnook's Coonawarra winemaker Wayne Stehbens is a dab hand with Merlot and has excelled here. This has an alluring nose of wild olive and plums wit some herbal, savoury characters emerging on the sweet, fleshy palate. Enjoy with roast veal.Jeff Collerson, Daily Telegraph Sydney, 31st December 2011

Australian Merlot is often seen as mediocre rather than marvellous and this one thankfully fits into the latter category. It smells of black cherries and plums dipped in milk chocolate, some creamy vanilla oak as well as a leathery, earthy complexity. Soft and varietal on the palate with more plum and mulberry and grainy tannins pushing through the finish. There’s notes of bitter chocolate and a little sour cherry but it’s a good effort, Patrick Haddock, Wining Pom, 1st December 2011

This is one of three 2009 vintage reds from the Coonawarra based winery released recently. It's a beaut. Some merlots leave us wanting more because they're too soft and thin but this is more full-bodied and all the better for it. Suggest teaming it with a rib eye fillet. Lindsay Saunders, Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, 13th November 2011

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep dark plum reds with purple tinges.


An alluring combination of ripe dark fruits with subtle sweet oak notes. Complex varietal earthiness and forest floor notes are nicely integrated with hints of spicy plum and light oak.


Richly layered ripe dark fruits gently laced with subtle sweet oak maturation flavours. Hints of spicy plum and subtle earthiness smoothly combine with sweet vanilla oak complexities. Gentle, fine tannins complement the soft rounded palate structure.

Cellaring Potential

This wine will age gracefully for 8-10 years.

Food Matching

Parmesan and thyme crumbed pork cutlets served with mustard mash and a rich ratatouille or oven roasted herbed chicken served with a mushroom casserole side would both complement this smooth and complex Merlot.

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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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