Monday 28 March 2016

Katnook Founder’s Block 2013 Sparkling Shiraz - Coonawarra

BUBBLY red to add sparkle to that next barbecue


David Ellis

WE'VE a mate who for as long as we can remember, has always served a sparkling red at his barbecues, be they centred on beef, lamb, pork or even poultry.

And you can be sure that most times his bubbly of choice will be Katnook Founder's Block Sparkling Shiraz, a drop that served chilled always fills the glass with wonderful fruit flavours and a bead of lively, fine bubbles.

The currently available 2013 vintage is particularly rewarding, and not just with a barbecue but a range of dishes including duck, turkey, pork – and for we of sweet-tooth, absolutely marvellous with chocolate-based desserts. Or again, it's an ideal drop as an aperitif as family or friends arrive for lunch or dinner.

This 2013 is actually the result of an earlier than normal vintage in Coonawarra, brought on by good winter rainfalls that led into a warm and dry spring, and which continued through the growing season producing reds with great colour and tannins.

On the nose it's all about concentrated dark cherry, plum and raspberry notes with hints of spice and liquorice, while the palate's full of ripe and juicy blackberry and plum fruits, subtle sweet spices, hints of dark chocolate and soft lingering tannins, and bright acidity. Good buying at $25 with those diverse food offerings.


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