Saturday, July 18, 2009

Katnook Cabernet Sauvignon

Katnook occupies great land in the Coonawarra district and its Cabernets are usually very flavoursome, although often treated strongly with new oak. Therefore these wines need time.

I am trying the 1998 Katnook Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is full bodied with complex flavours, predominantly blackcurrant, with a bit of eucalypt, quite thick. The oak is soaked up by this massive fruit and as a result this Cabernet is very well balanced. This wine has excellent mouthfeel, very smooth. The finish is long, maybe slightly minty, but this does not detract from the elegance of this wine.

This wine has been most impressive and showing the benefits of aging. The fruit is still strong and the wine is likely to improve further and go well for another 10 years.

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