The 20th vintage of one of Australia’s premium Cabernet Sauvignon’s, the Katnook Odyssey is being released this month – and it’s shaping up as a very special wine indeed.
The Odyssey was orginally launched in 1996 (with the 1991 vintage) to commemorate 100 years since John Riddoch – the founder of Coonawarra – made his first significant batch of wine in the Katnook woolshed. (Which still stands today!)
The name Odyssey was chosen to reflect the ongoing journey of Katnook Estate, with its roots in the past and sights on the future. Founding winemaker Wayne Stehbens’ wanted to make a timeless Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, one that would stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best.
Odyssey is made from small parcels of premium Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from Katnook’s oldest vineyards. Yielding rich and intense flavours, this fruit benefits from extended maturation in oak barriques. The final wine is cellared for at least one year in bottle prior to release.
Odyssey is only made from vintages when a superior quality is achieved within specific vineyard sites. The wine was therefore not made in 1993, 1995, 2007 and 2011.
This was the last Odyssey that founding winemaker Wayne Stehbens made ‘from vine to bottle’ before he passed away earlier this year. So is a particularly special release.
A Twenty-Year Odyssey
The 2013 vintage (RRP $110) is classic Odyssey – intense regional and varietal fruit flavours are seamlessly combined with sweet barrel maturation characters. This is a powerful, complex wine with layers of intense dark berry and plum, cedar and mocha oak tones and fine grained, assertive tannins.
Perfect for you, or for any dad in your life who would love a very special bottle for his cellar this year.
Katnook Odyssey is available at fine wine stores and select restaurants Australia wide.