Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Excellent Langtons Classification. The consumate Cabernet, one of Australia's icon wines. John Riddoch brewed up Coonawarra's second vintage in 1896 under a woolshed which now ages barrels of Katnook Cabernet. The original Coonawarra Fruit Colony itself was headquartered in a limestone building which now serves as cellar door. Vines have been trained over the course of decades to extract maximum flavour from the long slow Coonawarra ripening, achieving harvests of Cabernet with ripe generous flavours and fine lingering tannins.
Coonawarra produces Cabernet wines with attractive ripe fruit flavours, generous palate structures and soft tannins. Katnook is home of the finest Coonawarra Cabernet, its vineyards, planted to prime Terra Rossa soils comprise two hundred hectares at the heart of this comparatively small and remote region, affording Katnook full licence to collate and assemble parcels of the finest fruit. Batch vinification takes place in closed static fermenters with regular pumping over. Upon completion, parcels are macerated for a week or two before transfer into a selection of seasoned and new 225 litre French and American oak barrels for thirteen months maturation. Alcohol 13.5%
Deep, dark plum colour, purple robes. Complex array of ripe fruit and sweet oak aromas, dark plums and blackberry, mulberry and cassis combine with subtle sweet vanillin and notes of chocolaty oak. A richly layered palate of dark berry fruits, black currants highlight the generous palate structure, combined with subtle sweet oak flavours and rich chocolaty notes. Fine lingering tannins complement the rich fruit flavours.