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Katnook Estate Prodigy Shriaz 1998

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    Winemaker Notes

    The exceptional Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz was so named because it was made from a first crop of new vines that exceeded expectation in a dramatic way. First it showed a remarkable concentration of flavours and second, the wine, at its first showing in 1998, won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy. Prodigy is Katnook Estate's flagship Shiraz and in the words of winemaker Wayne Stehbens, "is a seemless marriage of rich, intense fruit and spicy, chocolaty oak with a palate that can only be described as luxurious."

    Exceptional fruit from very low yielding vines with optimum exposure was the essence of the wine. The wines display great character, excellent colours, outstanding fruit with good varietal definition and warm generous flavours. Suggested cellaring is medium to long (10 to 20 years).

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    Katnook Estate, Australia
    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.

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    Though Syrah originated in the Rhône Valley of France, Australia is home to the oldest Syrah (called Shiraz here) vines on the planet. Found in Australia’s Barossa Valley, where phylloxera has never threated viticulture, these ancient vines are between 140 to 175 years old!

    Having brought fame and merit to the country’s wine scene since the early 1950s, namely via the debut of Penfolds Grange, today Syrah (Shiraz) claims rank as the most widely planted grape in Australia. In fact, the amount of land dedicated to Shiraz in Australia is now almost equivalent to what it is in France. Australian Shiraz has its own personality with flavors and aromas of intense blackberry, fruitcake, menthol, tobacco leaf and umami. Conveniently one can find great Australian Shiraz at a variety of price points but the very best will be dense, gloriously complex and capable of long aging.

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    CGM85373_1998 Item# 55285