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William James Maxwell was an architectural sculptor who migrated from Scotland to Australia in 1875. He built a mock castle and established a family vineyard just outside Adelaide, which he named Woodlands Park. His son planted vines in nearby McLaren Vale and his grandson served a term as winemaker for Hardy Wines at the historic Tintara wineworks. William Maxwell's progeny remain in McLaren Vale, producing the southern hemisphere's most successful brands of Honey Mead, as well as vintages of the most extraordinary value in McLaren Vale Shiraz. But what does Maxwell taste like? Gentleman James Halliday describes Maxwell as robust, picking the eyes out of.. Made of mature vine mclaren vale »
Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry, the first academically qualified winemaker to take up Clare Valley viticulture in 1949. He had an uncanny intuition for good land and established some of the most illustrious vineyards on the continent. Jim Barry is also a patriarch of the Coonawarra, in pursuit of the perfect terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon, he planted vines on the ancient Penola Cricket Oval, preserving the original pavilion for posterity. Jim Barry endures as one of the nation's most distinguished brands, renowned throughout the world of wine for decades of the most remarkable vintages, an evolving range of superior vineyard editions,.. Salient statements from superior sites»
An ongoing resurrection of some fabulous old vines, a distinguished Blewitt Springs site and a range of the most spectacular McLaren Vale wines. When Kelly and Bondar acquired Rayner Vineyard in 2013, they knew that everything depended on the management of site and soil to achieve the excellence of wine they had in mind. The most fastidious husbanding regimens and a tightly scheduled evolution towards organic viticulture, the propitious Rayner vines have never yielded finer harvests, all translating into a tour de force across the entire Bondar range. Salient quality and penurious pricing make for a compelling mix. Old vines grown to salubrious soils, the.. Model mclaren macerations»
Three British Army officers, in their capacity as agents of the East India Company, established one of Western Australia's first agricultural enterprises in 1836. Named after Captain Richmond Houghton, it was not until Thomas Yule's stewardship that vines were planted and the first vintage of Houghton wine flowed in 1859. Thomas Yule now sources fruit from the eminent Justin Vineyard in Frankland River, a dark ruby Shiraz of lifted liquorice and intense brambleberry, seasoned by piquant pepper notes and supported by showroom tannins. The very elite of Frankland River Shiraz... Artisanal wines of distinguished sites»

Katnook Founders Block Sparkling Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Aside from being Australian through and through, Sparkling Shiraz is a style of wine that keeps on giving, the bottom of the bottle, often representing an entirely different experience to the initial bouquet. Katnook has infused precious stocks of old red wine with a fine effervescence, creating an effusive sparkler that's equally comfortable at Sunday brunches or black tie dinners. Founders Block is layered with an extraordinary complexity of flavour, supported by generous palate structure and seasoned by a mix of fragrant spice.
Katnook have been dabbling with sparkling red wine for some time. The philosophy is to make a style that has broad ranging appeal, to be enjoyed anytime, with anyone, a fresh, aperitif style that's the new cleansing ale. A selection of mostly old barrels Founder's Block Shiraz, with a small addition of current vintage for freshness. True to the methode traditionale process for this fully Aussie genre, candidate stocks of Shiraz are treated to a term of riddling and age on sedimentery lees, followed by disgorgement and liqueur doseage for reseal. A component is treated to a year's maturation in a combination of seasoned and new French and American oak barrels.
Dark plum, purple hues, vigorous mousse. Ripe raspberry and plum fruit aromas, liquorice and sweet spice, chocolate oak and toastyness add complexity. A rich and generous palate structure laden with raspberry and plum, enhanced by the mousse. Sweet spices and subtle toasty oak are rounded with soft tannins, all harmonising on a persistence of lingering fruit.
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Katnook Estate is one of the most esteemed domains in Australia's premier red wine district, the Coonawarra

Its vineyards, planted in prime Terra Rossa soil, span 330 hectares in the heart of this comparatively small and remote region in the south east corner of South Australia. From here come red wines that have contributed to Coonawarra's international reputation and white wines with equally distinctive attributes.

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Wines produced include both the Riddoch range and that named after the place itself, the prestigious Katnook Estate range. Katnook Estate wines take their name from the domain where they are grown and made. They are limited release wines of great intensity of flavour, made with fastidious attention to detail.

Fruit for these single varietal wines is specially selected from older, distinguished sites in the company's extensive vineyards. Concentrated flavours, fine balance and integrity of regional and varietal character, are all hallmarks of the Katnook Estate range which includes a Chardonnay Brut, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and most recently Shiraz. A very small quantity of dessert wine is also made when conditions are favourable.

Katnook Estate wines have an enviable record of awards. They will be found on some of the best wine lists, and in some of the finest cellars, in the world, (often with several vintages of the same variety), representing the best from Australia's renowned Coonawarra wine district.

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Katnook Founder's Block wines are named after the original land holding of John Riddoch, founder of Coonawarra. In 1890 Riddoch established the Coonawarra Fruit Colony at his property "Katnook" and thus one of Australia's leading wine districts was born. In 1980 winemaker Wayne Stehbens made his first vintage on the property which was by then renamed "Katnook Estate".

Katnook's Riddoch label was launched in 1980 and named in honour of the founder of Coonawarra, John Riddoch. They are made entirely from estate grown fruit. Katnook Founder's Block is a natural progression for Katnook Estate, an introduction to Katnook Estate for many and, an informal drinking wine for Katnook Estate devotees. Riddoch wines have accumulated many awards over the years including the famous Jimmy Watson Trophy for Riddoch 1986 Cabernet Shiraz. They are widely available in Australia and internationally and represent remarkable value for those looking for a wine with the stamp of Coonawarra and the pedigree of Katnook Estate.

The aim behind Riddoch wines is to capture the essential characteristics of Coonawarra in a harmonious, early drinking, forward fruit style priced for regular enjoyment. There are seven wines in the range; Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot and a Sparkling Shiraz. The grapes for all are selectively harvested to give the winemaker an array of flavours and characters for blending.

Faldo wines were launched in 2000 and named in honour of legendary golfer Nick Faldo. They are made entirely from estate grown fruit. The winemaking team is headed by Tony Milanowski. The aim behind Faldo wines is to capture the essential characteristics of Coonawarra in a harmonious, early drinking, forward fruit style priced for regular enjoyment. There are three wines in the range: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

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