WA 95 points, JH 94 points
Katnook Estate creates two Limited Release wines of exceptional quality which embody luxury and refinement. These flagship wines, Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon and Prodigy Shiraz, are handcrafted from the vintages where only a superior quality is achieved. Crafted with the most meticulous attention to detail, these wines signify a seamless blend of intense fruit and extended oak maturation.
Grape Variety :: Shiraz
Region :: Coonawarra
Harvest :: 17th April to 12th May
pH :: 3.50 Acidity :: 6.2g/L Alc/vol. :: 14.5%
Vintage Conditions :: 2008 vintage will be remembered not only for its quality, but also the seasonal variability. Commencing with a cool spring, followed by one of Coonawarra’s hottest periods recorded in early March and finishing with near ideal mild conditions for harvest in early April. Although the heat accelerated the maturities and harvest in many vineyards, the adverse effects on grape quality was negligible. Shiraz flavours are typically fruity with subtle spices. The wines have lovely ripe varietal expression, excellent colour and flavour with firm tannin structures. Higher alcohols are apparent for these wines. The Prodigy is made from small parcels of grapes harvested off sites that have consistently produced fruit of outstanding depth of fruit flavour and colour.
Cellaring Potential :: Suggested cellaring is medium to long term, 10-20 years.
Oak Maturation :: Oak maturation for approximately 26 months in small 225 barriques of which 55% were new French oak, 40% new American and 5% older French barriques.
Food Matching :: The rich flavours of Prodigy will beautifully suit an oven-baked quail or dukkah crusted tuna steak served aside a rich ratatouille and greens. Also the perfect accompaniment to a selection of rich cheeses with brioche, paté and plum paste.
Colour :: Deep dark plum with crimson and purple hints. Nose :: A rich and complex array of fruit, oak and subtle maturation aromas. Attractive ripe raspberry and plum fruit with subtle licorice spice tones. Sweet vanillin and subtle light toast adds complexity to the fruit aromas.
Palate :: A richly layered palate structure with ripe fruit, oak and maturation flavours seamlessly combined. Raspberry and plum fruit with sweet spices of licorice and light lingering pepper are a feature. Subtle oak with fine lingering tannins are in harmony with the palate structure.
Katnook Prodigy Shiraz is one of the Estate’s iconic wines, the other being Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2010, Prodigy was added to the prestigious Langton’s Classification V in the “excellent” category – click here for details – and is rated 96 points by Halliday.
Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz was first produced from young vines in 1997 and won the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show in 1998. It has since become a favourite among wine collectors. The fruit is predominantly drawn from a single vineyard plot planted on classic terra rossa over limestone soils. Viticulture is highly detailed with precise canopy management.
The Prodigy style is based on intensely flavoured but naturally balanced fruit. The wine is small batch-vinified in stainless steel fermenters. It is drained and pressed off into a combination of new French, new American and seasoned barriques for a period of around 24 to 30 months maturation.Optimum aging potential is 10-15 years.
Not made in: 2011, 2007, 2001.
Top Vintages 201, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998,1997 (Jimmy Watson winner).