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Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

A flagship if ever there were a flagship wine. I assume 2011 was skipped due to the vagaries of the vintage? Maybe. Anyway, here is the much mightier, warmer 2012 season reflected through Katnook’s prism of ripe fruit and 24 months in a third new French oak.

It’s heavily oak influenced, mocha, dark chocolate, vanilla, sauna wood scents, but there’s plenty of gooey, ripe dark berry and plum fruit to go up against that. A sniff of bourbon/cola in the bouquet, that shifts aside in the dark, sweet fruited, molten feel of the palate. It’s so rich, almost like a fine mousse made from 85% dark chocolate, with flecks of rosemary and salt, though the finish is firm, chewy and shows licks of lathed woodiness. It’s a power-packed, dense, formidable red wine of concentration and heft, mostly balanced, though that oak is going to need some time to mellow, or maybe it’s how it stays…

Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $100
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2028
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