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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
(search item no. 55284)

PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $55.99

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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About Katnook Estate:

Katnook Estate is one of the most esteemed domains in Australia's premier red wine district, Coonawarra. Its vineyards, planted in prime Terra Rossa soil, span 330 hectares in the heart of this comparatively small and remote region in the south east corner of South Australia. From here come red wines that have contributed to Coonawarra's international reputation and white wines with equally distinctive attributes.

Concentrated flavours, fine balance and integrity of regional and varietal character, are all hallmarks of the Katnook Estate range which includes a Chardonnay Brut, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and most recently Shiraz. A very small quantity of dessert wine is also made when conditions are favourable.