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Katnook Estate

Katnook lies in the heart of the fabled Coonawarra wine region, South Australia. With a history stretching back to 1867, Katnook has two wines in the prestigious Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines, two Jimmy Watson trophies and a five-star rating in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2020. Katnook is home to some of Australia’s best terra rossa vineyards.

Katnook Estate

Rich in heritage and tradition, Katnook is a James Halliday 5-star awarded winery located in Coonawarra in South Australia, one of Australia’s finest wine regions. Established in 1867 by Scottish immigrant John Riddoch, Katnook Estate is one of the oldest existing wineries in the regions and its vineyards stretch over 155 hectares on the famous terra rossa soil strip that runs through Coonawarra. Katnook produces a premium, iconic Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon and Prodigy Shiraz, its flagship Katnook Estate range and the more contemporary Founder’s Block range. These wines epitomise Katnook’s philosophy of crafting wines from carefully selected parcels of fruit that offer great intensity of flavour, fine balance and integrity of regional and varietal character. Katnook has a unique heritage, engrained in the development of Coonawarra’s wine region. In 1861, Scottish immigrant, John Riddoch arrived at Penola in South Australia and realising the fertile soils in the area began to buy agricultural land. Katnook is the Indigenous word for “Fat Land” denoting the fertile character of the soil. In 1890 Riddoch established the Coonawarra Fruit Colony and planted 140 hectares of vines. His first commercial vintage was made in his woolshed at Katnook in 1896. The woolshed has now been restored and serves as Katnook’s barrel room, as well as John Riddoch’s beautifully restored, historic limestone buildings – where we welcome visitors to our Estate.

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Viticulture

Lying in the heart of Coonawarra's finest soils, Katnook’s vineyards are within the Coonawarra GI (Geographic Indication) region of South Australia. The vines are carefully nurtured by Senior Viticulturist Chris Brodie and his team. Katnook's aim is to achieve the very best quality fruit from the vineyards whilst sustaining their precious environment. We adopt sustainable production methods, ensuring that we support other plant species and organisms with whom we share our space. The vineyards all have Entwine Accreditation which is Australia's official wine environmental assurance program. Katnook’s 155 hectares include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir in the reds and white varietals of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. New plantings include Malbec and Tempranillo highlight the diversity of Coonawarra’s terroir.

Vinification

Katnook has achieved an extraordinary track record of excellence, having twice won the Jimmy Watson Trophy (in 1987 and 1998) as well as a double trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2003. Katnook is rated 5 stars by world renouned wine writer, James Halliday - an accolade it has enjoyed for several decades Katnook aims to make wines with subtlety, intrigue and complexity. Reflecting the essence of Coonawarra’s terroir is integral to Katnook's winemaking approach. Cabernet Sauvignon is the undoubted hero of the Coonawarra region, yet other red varietals such as Shiraz and Merlot are equally impressive. White wines are similarly unique in character and world class in quality. In 2010, Riddoch’s historical ‘Woolshed’ was restored to its former glory and now features a micro winery for superior wine parcels.

Meet the winemaker

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Natalie Cleghorn, Senior Winemaker

A former track rider for the Hayes family at Lindsay Park, Nat joined Yalumba in 1999 in the laboratory then undertaking her Bachelor degree in Wine Science from Charles Sturt University. Since completing her studies, Nat has enjoyed both commercial and artisan experience working for the Hill Smith family’s estate vineyards, including Oxford Landing Estates and Dalrymple. She has also undertaken an international vintage at Clos Figueres in Priorat, Spain, an ultra-premium winery producing world-class DOQ wines. Nat is an experienced wine show judge, having judged in numerous capital city and regional wine shows as well as being a graduate of the world renowned Len Evans Tutorial. Two-time finalist for Australian Women in Wine awards, Winemaker of the year. A passion for premium handcrafted red wines has seen Nat develop a sense of patience and faith in the ability of great fruit to become outstanding wine. “Over the years, I have developed a love for Cabernet Sauvignon; this noble variety has given me a great faith in a hands-off approach to winemaking,” she said. “This variety provides the excitement of facing the challenges and the ultimate reward of allowing the vineyard to speak” “I find winemaking not dissimilar to the racing world – both involve the growing and handling of fine stock in the hope you can create something special and memorable.”

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