Katnook Estate Cabernet vertical: 1981 – 2011
The 1991 easily the best wine in this lineup. 2000 next, then 90, 10 etc. There’s some contention, but 2004 ‘apparently’ the first Cab in screwcap. Most of these wines saw 2 years in small French oak.
Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1980
Coffeed with something of a tawny edge. Coffeed and briary of also quite gentle, the palate losing out to acidity and alcohol but still with a certain berried ripeness through the middle. Good. 16.5/20, 88/100
Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1981
Dusty and liquered with a little maderised characters. Obviously a warm vintage and rather ripe and gently sweet. Hanging on to its caramel fudge richness but also somewhat oxidised. 15.5/20, 85/100
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Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
Big and brooding nose. Nice to see some hedgerow and cedar varietal stamp, but still lots of quite warm fruit. That firm, ‘just ripe’ edge to the tannins makes this much tastier than expected. Big tannins, big fruit. A wall of ripe Coonawarra sound. Perhaps too ripe and caramelised if not without appeal. Kinda charming, if full. 18/20, 93/100
Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
Nice writeup, would have been an interesting tasting session.