Saturday, February 17, 2018

Katnook Estate 2015 Founder's Block Merlot

There were four of us tasting a small batch of reds, not one of us particularly enamoured of soft and simple merlots. That this wine stood out from the crowd is a tribute to former Katnook Estate winemaker Wayne Stehbens, who died a couple of months ago. The range is named after the original land holding of John Riddoch, the founder of Coonawarra wine region. This stands out with its intensity and structure; on the opposite side of the spectrum to some of the sweet and wimpy merlots that are still being made. Medium-bodied with dark berry and plum notes and some perky spice, it has excellent structure with French and American oak adding to the picture. Available at Dan Murphy’s and at selected independent retailers Australia wide. Terrific value for $20.


Unknown said...

Thanks Winsor, great to see some love for this often maligned variety. Wayne loved Merlot and one of his favourite events was our Merlot Mastery about 10 years ago - or so he said in this interview from 2013

Aunty Bloss said...

Hope to see a Katnook wine named The Stehbens really soon, to honour the wonderful winemaker & gentle gentleman, Wayne.xx