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Friday 12 October 2018

Katnook Estate 2013 Odyssey: a special wine that deserved to be cellared

There are couple of reasons that make the new-release Katnook Estate 2013 Odyssey special. 

The first is that this is the 20th vintage release of the Coonawarra flagship, the second that it was the last Odyssey made to completion by founding winemaker Wayne Stehbens, who sadly died last year. 

The multiple-award-winning cabernet sauvignon is made only in outstanding vintages from specific rows of terra rossa soil. 

The 1991 Odyssey was the inaugural vintage, released in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the first vintage made at Katnook’s woolshed in 1896. 

The name Odyssey reflected the ongoing journey of Katnook with its roots in the past and sights on the future. The aim was to make a timeless Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, one that would stand alongside the world’s best.

The 2013, from a warm vintage, is a wine that offers intense fruit married to powerful French and American oak. It is all about richness and concentration and, ideally, it needs several years in the cellar. 

Stehbens made Katnook's first vintage and headed the winemaking team until his sudden death, making him one of Australia’s longest-serving winemakers. He was just 63 but had been Katnook winemaker for 37 years.
The $110 price tag underlines that this wine is something special; one 1 of just 53 wines listed in the 'Outstanding' category of the Langton's Classification of Australian Wine. 

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