Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


The Katnook Estate range of premium quality, single varietal wines is an expression of the classic and unique characteristics of the Coonawarra wine region. Since 1980, Senior Winemaker Wayne Stehbens has passionately crafted the Katnook Estate range from selected distinguished vineyards, with a philosophy that reflects the essence of Coonawarra’s unique terroir. Steeped in heritage and tradition, the Estate range is recognised and awarded both locally and internationally for its exceptional hallmark quality and unique Coonawarra style. Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is one of 65 wines listed in the ‘Excellent’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine.


Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

JH 94 points, WA 91 points (2010)

Bronze Medal- 2014 International Wine Challenge (2011)

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Region:: Coonawarra

Harvest :: 9 th March to 12th April 2012

pH :: 3.41 Acidity :: 6.9g/L RS :: 0.8g/L Alc/vol :: 13.5%

Vintage :: Coonawarra’s 2012 vintage is noted for above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon commenced on the 9th of March, amongst the earliest start on record. The warm, dry conditions accelerated development producing fruit in excellent condition at near optimum maturity.

Oak Maturation :: Maturation for 16 months in 60% French and 40% American oak barriques has added complexity and suppleness to the wine.

Cellaring Potential :: Suggested cellaring 15 years.

Food Matching :: Roast leg of lamb with herb crust, rib eye steak with red-wine jus or smoked duck and wild mushroom Fettuccine.

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon captures the essence of Coonawarra.  Wayne Stehbens, a veteran of over thirty Coonawarra vintages, has markedly refined the style. His philosophy is to capture varietal distinction and regional excellence, with complementary oak and maturation flavours.   The wines have an outstanding reputation for medium to long term cellaring.

Top Vintages: 2010, 2009, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1991, 1990, 1988, 1986

Noted as one of the nation’s leading Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine is listed in the “Distinguished” category of Australia’s prestigious Langton’s Classification, which says of the style:

” Katnook Cabernet Sauvignon reflects its strong Coonawarra provenance with plenty of intense blackcurrant mulberry fruit definition, mid palate richness, finely grained tannins and excellent flavour length. The wines have medium to long term cellaring potential.”


Winemaker Wayne Stehbens