Whilst Coonawarra is lesser known for Shiraz than Cabernet Sauvignon, the region produces outstanding examples of the variety. Katnook Estate Shiraz captures the elegance and underlying power of classic cool climate Shiraz.
The wine usually matures in oak maturation for around 15 months in American oak barriques, 35% of which are new. Cellaring potential is 8 to 12 years.
Ideal food matches are game, red meat dishes and hard cheeses.
- SA - Coonawarra
- South Australia
Deep, bright crimson; restrained and savoury aromas of black fruits, sage and spicy mocha oak; the palate is medium to full bodied, with tightly packed tannins and fresh black fruits, offset by a lingering mocha and floral violet note to conclude. Rating 94 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014
French and American oak. Something of a heavy hitter of Coonawarra. Made for those who like their Aussie reds to be well made, in a slightly old-fashioned style. Juicy and generous. Tastes of leather and sweet plums, toast and apple-like acidity. Distinct creaminess to the wine’s texture. Medium-weight and well balanced. Should age soundly. A reliably good wine. Rated : 91+ Points Drink : 2015 – 2022 Campbell Mattison, The Winefront, 16 January 2013
Considerable oak contributes pencil and caramel aromas welded to the ripe berry fruit. Very soft hallmark tannins allow for a smooth entry. A soft middle palate and some saliva inducing tannin and acid finishes with black fruit soft. If you like smooth and complex this is for you. Four stars Rob Geddes MW, Little Gold Book 2014
A fine vintage from one of our favourite Coonawarra producers.Great colours and grand red-fruit flavours - a magic wine. Ian MacTavish, BEtter Homes and Gardens (APR/2013)
Most grape varieties take a back seat to cabernet in Coonawarra, but Katnook Estate, through its shiraz, sav blanc (I rate it as one of the better Australian examples) and sparkling, is doing great things with its other wines. From a top Coonawarra vintage, this has bright red and dark berry aromas, plus a little mint and a deep core of blackberry, plum, cherry and dusty oak flavours that are balanced with bright acid and a layer of fine, drying tannins. Rating: 4 & 1/2 out of 5 - Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review (31/AUG/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deeply coloured plum with purple hues.
Attractive aromas of raspberry, dark cherry and hints of licorice. Subtle toasty oak complement the rich and ripe fruit.
A richly layered palate of ripe fruit and subtle oak. Highlights of raspberries, plum and hints of licorice enhance the smooth and juicy, mouth filling flavours. Gentle dusty oak and a hint of spice with fine assertive tannins, accentuate the long finish.
8 to 12 years.
Lamb backstrap with juicy plum sauce and potato gratin.
Medals & Trophies
Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge 2013 "Long, restrained and elegant. A classic example of Coonawarra Shiraz, with alluring blackberry supported by violet and minty notes. Smoky, smooth tannins and incredible length. Very classy."