Katnook 2016 "Founders Block" Coonawarra Chardonnay

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Tasting notes
Brilliant straw yellow with vibrant aromas of fruit and toasty oak notes. A fresh and lively palate with rich flavours of melon and peach and a hint of grapefruit. This wine has a subtle richness with enticing fruit. Barrel maturation has imparted a silky, slightly creamy mouth feel and subtle oak undertones which extends through a lingering finish. Ideal with rich fish and white meat dishes.

Why we recommend this wine
The Katnook Founders Block chardonnay is an example of why chardonnay originally became so popular. The richer colour is indicative of what the wine is about to deliver, a luscious bouquet and tropical fruit palate. And the right balance of oak which all oaked chardonnays should have.

The wine
The Founder’s Block range is styled for everyday drinking; the wines are mellow, fruit forward and harmonious. The, primarily 2nd and 3rd fill, oak is well integrated. This wine is reminiscent of a good aged white Burgundy; quite a revelation. Do not have this wine too cold or you will miss all the complexity; the half bottle should be cool to the touch.

The wine estate
Katnook lies in the heart of the fabled Coonawarra wine region, South Australia. With a history stretching back to 1867, it is one of the heroes of Coonawarra - a small, cool climate area in South Australia named with a local Aboriginal word meaning 'fat land'.
Katnook’s vineyard has Entwine Accreditation, the Australian wine sector’s national environmental assurance program, giving winemakers and grape growers formal certification of their practices according to recognised standards.
Katnook regularly has a five-star rating in James Halliday’s Wine Companion.
Accolade Wines (owned by US private equity Carlyle Group) recently named Natalie Cleghorn as Senior Winemaker and Manager for Katnook Estate as it completed its acquisition. Not our ideal profile of ownership but they do the right things and make good wine.

Food and wine
With oakiness and a full body it needs foods with weight and power such as grilled salmon, roast chicken or risotto with wild mushrooms and asparagus. Also see our guide to pairing food and wine here.

Did you know?
Coonawarra reputation as a fabulous wine area is based on its terra rossa soil over limestone-and a cooler climate than other South Australian wine regions.