Dense colour; an intense wine with tremendous depth of flavour despite modest alcohol; blackcurrant and blackberry fruit resonates through the palate, which has absorbed its lengthy stay in French oak; the tannins, too, are balanced. 96 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion.
First made in Coonawarra in 1991, Katnook's Odyssey is now entrenched as an iconic Australian red with an "outstanding" rating in the Langton's Classification. The warm '05 vintage has yielded intense blackcurrant and smoky oak aromas. The palate is generous and robust with a dense, chewy taste of black fruits and velvety tannins. Jeff Collerson, Daily Telegraph (Sydney).
You won't go far wrong with this serious Coonawarra Cabernet that has all the elements in place. There are lashings of sweet berry fruit and minty characters, plenty of oak (although nicely in balance), soft tannins and subtle hints of spice. This is a very smooth wine, complex and long on the palate...Winsor Dobbin (winsordobbin.com.au).
Intensely rich and concentrated, with cedar and blackcurrant flavours. Elegant and harmonious, with the fruit powerful enough to match the oak and tannins. Peter Forrestal, Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE.
This is Katnook's monster flagship Cabernet. Its quality is rarely in dispute. Layers of oak-derived flavour with notes of toast and coffee, cloves and spices. There's some nougat and coconut-like sweetness -- that's the Odyssey style; big oak and big fruit flavour. The fruit doesn't disappoint; it's minty and aniseedy, curranty and full bodied. It's a remarkably smooth and supple red, like it's been massaged and groomed to be immaculately smooth and supple. In all, you'd call it rich, balanced and persistent. 94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Big Red Wine Book.
A standout from Katnook with abundant ripe Cabernet fruit on the nose -- black cherry, cassis and more, with strident oak adding dark, tarry complexity. The palate has power with elegance, a hallmark of great Coonawarra Cabernet, with sturdy ripe tannins and flavour running deep through the finish. Nick Stock, Wine Business Monthly.
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.