Starting with the most outstanding estate grown fruit and finishing with the selection of the best individual barrels of the resulting wine for final blending, Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted with the most time consuming attention to detail. Winemaker Wayne Stehbens says that when making Odyssey, his greatest challenge as a winemaker, is to "not only capture the essence of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon but to transcend it, thereby creating a wine which will hold its own alongside the very best Cabernets in the world."
The 1997 vintage Coonawarra began with above average temperatures and a very dry summer. In contrast, March and April temperatures fell to well below average, which slowed grape maturities to the extent that harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon was delayed for two weeks. The fruit was harvested near optimum flavours producing deeply coloured wines that have good varietal definition, rich generous flavours with lingering tannins. A vintage that is comparable among the best and will cellar for 15 to 20 years.