Katnook Founder’s Block Shiraz 2013


Founder’s Block wines are named in honour of the original land holding of John Riddoch, the founder of Coonawarra. The Founder’s Block range is styled for everyday enjoyment, inviting a modern generation of wine consumers to explore the pleasures of Coonawarra wine. The wines are grounded in the past but genuinely focused on the present. They are honest, fruit driven, harmonious and shine with pure Coonawarra character.

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Katnook Founder’s Block Shiraz 2013

JH 90 points, Bronze Medal – 2013 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition

Grape Variety :: Shiraz

Region :: Coonawarra

Harvest :: 8 th March – 4 th April, 2013

pH :: 3.33  Acidity :: 6.91g/L  RS :: 2.4g/L  Alc/vol :: 13.5%

Vintage :: Good winter rainfall led into a warm and dry spring.These dry conditions continued right through the growing season which in turn produced and earlier than normal start to vintage. These conditions produced red wines that have great colour and fine tannins.

Oak Maturation :: Approximately 20% of this wine was aged in a combination of older French and American oak barrels for ten months.

Food Matching :: Perfect with Moroccan-spiced lamb cooked on the barbeque, with a Greek salad or pepper-spiced beef stir-fry with Hokkien noodles.

Colour :: Deep plum with vibrant purple tinges.

Nose :: Intense dark berry fruit, blackberry and dark cherry. Lifted nose of violets with hints of cloves and spiced plum. Subtle tones of dark chocolate, vanilla and liquorice enhance the vibrant fruit.

Palate :: A generous palate of vibrant raspberry, hints of chocolate and pepper spice. Subtle vanillian oak characters enhance the fruit characters with soft lingering tannins rounding out the finish.

Katnook Founder’s Block Shiraz 2013

This wine offers terrific value from the heart of Coonawarra.  Laden with raspberry and plum fruits with pepper and spice overtones, the gentle oak flavours of sweet vanilla add complexity and depth.

One third of the wine matures in a combination of American and French oak for approximately 6 months.   This adds just enough oak to impart firm structure as a young wine, as well as the ability to age well over the medium term.

Winemaker Wayne Stehbens