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Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz

Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz – This ultra-premium Coonawarra Shiraz entered the market with a bang, taking out the 1998 Jimmy Watson Trophy with its first vintage off new vines. Although Coonawarra’s reputation as the ideal terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon is well known, it also produces world class Shiraz. The variety is perhaps more challenging in the Coonawarra but when it all comes together Coonawarra Shiraz truly comes into its own,” says Wayne Stehbens

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Katnook’s rich history stretches back to 1896, when Coonawarra’s first vintage was crafted in our Woolshed by entrepreneurial wine pioneer, John Riddoch – who immigrated from Scotland. He recognised the enormous potential of the maritime climate and unique terra rossa soils which now define Coonawarra wine styles.
But it all began even earlier. In 1861, Riddoch arrived in Coonawarra, after successfully operating a trading post in the goldfields. He purchased vast parcels of land over the years and was impressed with the remarkable rate of growth of fruit trees and vines. In 1867 John commissioned the building of his ‘Woolshed’ which still operates as Katnook’s barrel room today. Determined to encourage closer settlement in the southeast, in 1890 Riddoch formed the Coonawarra Fruit Colony, established its administration headquarters at ‘Katnook’ and sold off his land in 10 acre blocks. It was here at ‘Katnook’ that the Coonawarra wine region was born.
Riddoch planted 140 acres of vines and his first vintage in 1895 was a modest event in a neighbouring nursery shed. However, his second, with a much greater volume of fruit and attended to by qualified winemaker William Salter was made in the woolshed at ‘Katnook’ in 1896. By all accounts this second vintage gave an indication of the outstanding quality that was to come.

Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz – A truly great wine

Producer: Colour: RedGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, CoonawarraAlcohol: 14%Vintage: 2010Flavours: , , , , , , , , , , Grape Details: ShirazVinification: Matured for approximately 24 months in French (30%) and American (70%) small 225 litre oak barriques. Of these barrels, approx 25% were new French and 43% were new American barrels. The older barrels were mostly American Barriques.Cellaring: medium to long 10 to 20 yearsTasting: On the Nose: A rich combination of ripe fruit and oak maturation aromas. Attractive raspberry and plum with sweet licorice and anis spices. Subtle sweet vanillin and light toasted & roast coffee beans oak maturation notes adds to the alluring fruit aromas. On the Palate: An opulent palate structure of ripe fruit, oak and maturation flavours that are seamlessly combined. Rich raspberry and plum fruit with sweet anis and licorice spices and hints of pepper are a feature. Soft and fine lingering tannin are harmonious with the palate structure.SKU: KATNO12

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Katnook Estate

The Katnook Estate is one of the most esteemed domains in this premier red wine district, Coonawarra. Katnook Estate’s vineyards occupy the prized “terra rossa” soil and premium varieties grown include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay with many vines being over 30 years old.

South Australia

Coonawarra is considered the most renowned wine region in Australia. It has the ‘terra rossa’ soils and some great winemakers, and subsequently responsible for some of the best wines produced in Australia. Most notably red wines and Cabernet Sauvignon in particular. The first vineyard was planted in the 1880s at Yallum, (John Riddoch’s). The region did not establish its reputation as a winemaking area until the 1950s when Wynns and Penfolds purchased acreage on the back of a resurgence in the table wine market. Investment by large and small companies led to expansion, securing Coonawarrra’s status as a great wine. The climate is regarded as Mediterranean. The main wine styles: Red – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet-Merlot blend, Shiraz; White – Chardonnay.

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