Wine Review - 2008 Katnook Founder's Block Sauvignon Blanc: Feels Closer to Aussie Chardonnay

This was a recommended pick-up by a staff member at one of our local wine shops. We were looking for a wine to enjoy with food that was a little different than what we normally would drink. This Australian Sauv Blanc is very reminiscent of other Aussie whites we have had. This Katnook Estate Sauvignon Blanc is definitely fruity and has the crispness that we like to see in Sauv. Blanc but it is definitely more full bodied than say a Kiwi version. There is more gold in the colour and time the bottle may help with that. We like it due to its unique qualities.

Overall, at $20.50 locally it is a touch pricey for our taste but certainly holds up as quality wine.

The nose was all crisp fresh fruit, like apples and starfruit.  Really nice.  The golden-ness of the wine was a bit surprising.  We thought it might have been very slightly oaked along the way but cannot prove that out with online research thus far.  The crispness of the wine is there on the taste as well which is nice to see.  We feel like this wine has a bit of an identity crisis as there are some undertones that do not feel at all like New World Sauv Blanc more like a French version.  Either way, this is not a problem just a change of style than we are currently used to.

   Tasting Notes: Score:
Sight (0-5) Pale golden colour and not what we normally would expect from Sauv Blanc from other countries....looks nice 4.0
Smell (0-5) More crisp apple and starfruit not a lot of tropical notes more fruity notes. 4.0
Taste (0-10) The crispness is also in the taste with a hint of minerality versus the Kiwi versions.  Fuller in body and overall weight but still a crisp and dry white wine.  Nice version and unique. 7.75
  Total: 15.75 / 20

We like it a lot but if you normally drink Chilean or NZ Sauv Blanc this one will be slightly different than you are used to but it is worth a try.

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Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon

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