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Katnook (375ml) 2016 Founders Block Coonawarra Chardonnay

White, New World, Chardonnay from Australia

Katnook Estate is one of the heroes of Coonawarra - a small, cool climate area in South Australia named with a local Aboriginal word meaning 'fat land'. The Founder’s Block range is styled for everyday drinking; the wines are mellow, fruit forward and harmonious.

Brilliant straw yellow with vibrant aromas of stone fruits, and subtle caramel and toasty oak notes that add a touch of sophistication.  A fresh and lively palate with rich flavours of melon and peach and a hint of grapefruit.  This wine has a subtle richness with enticing fruit.  Barrel maturation has imparted a silky, slightly creamy mouth feel and subtle oak underscore which extends through a lingering finish.

Last tasted by us in August 2012 - The colour is a clear light gold.  The nose is complex with earthy notes.  The palate is also complex with nutty flavours dominating but the typical lemony flavours of chardonnay are also there.  The, primarily 2nd and 3rd fill, oak is now well integrated.  This wine is reminiscent of an good aged white Burgundy; quite a revelation. Do not have this wine too cold or you will miss all the complexity; the half bottle should be cool to the touch. 

This half bottle is now 6 years old which equates to about 10 years old for a full bottle.  This bottle age is clearly evident and is good.  We have not been overly convinced by screwcaps in the past, especially their aging potential.  But, as most wines in screwcaps are not designed for aging the debate over screwcaps has struck us as a bit academic.  But this wine has aged far better than we expected and we think it must have something to do with the screwcap. So, one up for screwcaps!

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  • Dry / Sweet


  • Oaked

    Unmissable oak

  • Closure

    Screw top

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