"Lots of toasty mocha and nougat oak but it's bedding down very nicely amongst the rich but vibrant blackberry and
raspberry fruit. There's a twist of pepper and plenty of spice too all very nice. Medium to full-bodied, fresh and lively
with fine-grained ripe tannins and seamless flow through the mouth finishing long and spicy with a cedary aftertaste. Very
impressive wine, but one that comes with the caveat that you need to enjoy a good clip of (quality) oak. "
95 points, Gary Walsh
"Yep, lots of thick, toasty, mochalike oak (it almost smells of nougat), but the oak beds very nicely into the richly
blackberried, raspberried fruit. There's a twist of pepper and plenty of spice too; actually, there are lots of things nice
here. Medium to fullbodied, fresh and lively, with finegrained, ripe tannins and a seamless flow of flavour through the
mouth, before finishing long and cedary. Huge, oakslathered wine, but excellent at it."
95 points, Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 (Australia)
"This is Katnook's topof thewasser shiraz from this outstanding Coonawarra vintage. There is power and graceful elegance here in a wine showing almost cabernetlike structure. A great wine with many years ahead of it."
96 points, Ray Jordan, The West Australian (Australia), 20 September 2008
CoonawarraThe first vines were planted in Coonawarra by John Riddoch in 1890, however it was not until the renewed interest in table wine production in the 1950's that Coonawarra was brought into the limelight. Located almost 380 km southeast of Adelaide, Coonawarra is today one of the most famous red wine regions in Australia. Its weathered limestone terra rossa soils, avaibility of water and relatively cool maritime climate make it a unique viticultural region. Extremely flat and unprotected, Coonawarra is exposed both to the swinging influences of the cool Great Southern Ocean and hot, dry northerly winds. Spring frosts also pose a major threat with the potential to wipe out entire crops. Mechanical harvesting is widely employed in the region although smaller producers prefer to tend their vines by hand. Coonawarra is best known for classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, although in good years, Shiraz from the region is also very compelling.