Wednesday 14 October 2015

Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

David Ellis
BENCHMARK Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon you'll
find ideal with beef spare ribs braised in a port wine sauce.

IT'S not often we get to enjoy more than a small tasting glass of a $100 a bottle red, but just this month we shared the full bottle of just such a wine with a mate celebrating a birthday – a Big birthday – and he surprised us even more with the revelation he'd got a second bottle in the cellar for his granddaughter's 21st in 2030.

Lucky granddaughter, and lucky everyone else who'll be there for the occasion, for this Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is up there with the very, very best of them, and winemaker Wayne Stehbens reckons it's only going to get better over the coming 15 to 18 years.

Justifiably proud, Wayne says this wine's the result of a vintage in the Coonawarra wine region that was one of the finest on record, an early, warm, dry and low yielding one that led to fruit of intense aromas, great depth of flavours, and fine tannins. And from all this he selected only the most outstanding parcels of fruit from specific vineyard rows.

Wayne Stehbens
A wonderful benchmark Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, this 2010 Odyssey is all about concentrated blackcurrant aromas, mocha oak complexity – some parcels of the fruit were 'double oaked' to increase flavour complexity – and dense chocolaty tannins. At $100 enjoy on its own for that special occasion or celebration, or if you are after a food match, think about beef spare ribs braised in a port wine sauce.

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