Monday 17 March 2008



YOUR WEEKLY WINE COLUMN for week beginning 17 March 2008

wine with david ellis


WE've all some very special occasion lurking out there in the future,
and if you've one in mind and are looking for a good, good drop of
red, give some thought to Katnook Estate's just-released 2003 Odyssey
Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ok, its $95 a bottle. But remember it's very special occasions we're
talking about here.

This is a remarkable wine from a vintage that gave below average
yields, but fruit of exceptional quality: Senior Winemaker, Wayne
Stehbens spun his usual Odyssey magic to come up with a drop that's
rich and complex with ripe dark berry, dusty mulberry and spicy plum
fruit flavours, coupled with subtle vanilla, mocha, and chocolate from
long oak maturation.

Add its lingering tannins and it's a great celebratory wine with red
meats, game-bird dishes, or lamb shanks – or simply with a block of
high-cocoa chocolate before a winter's fire.

And if you can resist the temptation to draw the cork now, a few more
years in the cellar will make it all the better. Ohhh, yeahhhh....

ONE FOR LUNCH: WYNN'S Coonawarra Estate have been bottling a great
value-for-money Chardonnay since 1981, and their 2007 at $15.99 is
another that's an ideal partner with the weekend brunch or barbecue.

With quite luscious peach and nectarine flavours coupled with subtle
oak, a few bottles on the ice will go ideally with BBQ'd chicken or a
seafood salad.

BUY OF THE WEEK: LOGAN have released a super-priced range of $11
everyday-drinking wines under their NSW Central Ranges Apple Tree Flat
label. There's a 2007 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and '07 Chardonnay, and
a 2006 Merlot and '06 Shiraz, all of them full-flavoured and very

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CELEBRATE with this – it's been made with special occasion
dinner-partying in mind.

OLD favourite since 1981 for the weekend brunch of BBQ.


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