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.