Buy of the Week AU

Katnook Founder’s Block Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV, Coonawarra, AUD $23

Katnook Founder’s Block Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir is a delicious bubbly with more complexity and depth than generally seen at this price.

It has a gorgeous russet hue and a deliciously savoury palate, with plenty of yeast and toasty nuances. The bead is fine, and the palate is creamy. It is a chardonnay-dominant blend with its depth coming from the use of reserve wines in the base blend. And about a quarter of the wine was aged in old barrels prior to secondary fermentation. It makes a lovely aperitif but is equally good with food.

Score: 90 ★★★★ – view Toni’s original tasting

Alcohol: 12.5%

Ageing: now to 2018

Food: Salmon mini-quiches

Stockists: Katnook Estate Wines; Dan Murphy’s stores (AU); Hancocks Wine & Spirits (NZ distributors)

Ranked #1 of 18 Chardonnay blends from South Australia

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