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1 - 7 of 7 Wines By Knappstein
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Knappstein Cabernet Sauvignon
Clare Valley
Available by the dozen
Knappstein has been the most conspicuous name in the development of Clare Valley wine since 1895. Originally established by Tim Knappstein as Enterprise Wines, the low yielding Enterprise Vineyard yields some of the region's finest Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting bold concentration of flavour, distinctive mint eucalypt flavours, fine, velvety tannins and striking acidity, as derived from the iron rich soils and limestone geology. Replanted in 1969, the calibre and typicity of Enterprise Vineyard has shone consistently throughout the years.
$2299each
$275DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller components Merlot and Cabernet Franc, sourced from the estate's Yertabulti, Enterprise and Ackland vineyards. A couple of carefully selected growers from a little further north in the Clare Valley also contribute grapes. The diverse range of vineyards enhances the rich textures. The wine was made with minimal intervention to preserve fruit purity. Vinified in a combination of static potter and open fermenters for over a fortnight, with gentle extraction of flavours and texture through pumping over and hand plunging four times daily. The skins are then pressed and the wine allowed to settle before transfer to a selection of fine oak barrels for ageing.
 
Brooding red colour. Displaying the rich textures of Clare valley, lifted cassis and black currants with subtle Clare eucalypt on the nose. The palate reveals ripe blackberries and black currants with integrated oak. A wine of soft, velvety textures, the fine persistence of flavours is balanced by fine, sandy tannins.
Knappstein Enterprise Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Clare Valley
Available in cartons of six
$4599each
$549DOZEN
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Knappstein Insider Shiraz Malbec
Clare Valley
Available by the dozen
The Knappstein team love a challenge, always consumed by a pursuit to enlighten and to surprise in equal measure. The Insider pushes boundaries to explore new styles, to entice the aspirant and engage the enthusiast. An experimentation of adroit yet avant garde techniques, can yield quantum leaps in winemaking. While the results may be unpredictable, they can also achieve highly individual, personality driven wines. A piquant, complex accord of Malbec and Shiraz with moreish berry flavours and affable bucolic charm.
$2599each
$311DOZEN
EACH
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Fruit is harvested in two separate parcels off the Hanlin Hill Vineyard in Valley Clare. Shiraz is drawn from Block C, originally planted in 1963 but with a chequered past of being grafted to Chardonnay in 1983 and chain sawed back to the original Shiraz plantings in 1997. Malbec is picked off Block I, established 1969. Perfect phenolic ripeness determines a whole bunch fermentation. Components of Malbec and Shiraz are treated to a regimen of fully oxidative handling and inoculation to wild, unruly yeasts. The finished wine is assembled into a forward drinking, yet cellarable style of great interest, substance and structure. Alcohol 13.2%
 
Deep dark red colour. The nose delivers an array of red fruits, raspberry and morello cherry are layered with sweet five-spice and earthy beetroot notes. A brooding explosion of anise, cherry and mulberry flavours is pulled together by velvety whole bunch tannins. A challenging and thoughtful wine that keeps you going back to your glass for the next sip.
Knappstein Mayors Vineyard Shiraz
Clare Valley
Available in cartons of six
$4599each
$551DOZEN
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Knappstein Riesling
Clare Valley
Available by the dozen
After more than a century of dedicated viticulture, Knappstein have developed an almost intuitive understanding of the Clare Valley. Knappstein have returned to hand picking as part of a quality enhancement program, the delicate Riesling grape responds so much better to gentle handling and careful selection. The finished wine shows lovely lifted citrus fruits, with distinct Watervale floral notes and perfume.
$2199each
$263DOZEN
EACH
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A wonderful example of intense, pure Clare Valley Riesling from the estate's Ackland Vineyard at Watervale. Good growers on elevated slate sites from a little further north in the Clare Valley also contribute fruit. All the grapes are hand picked and gently crushed, only the best free run juices are retained. Knappstein is made with minimal intervention to preserve purity of fruit expression. Juices are cold settled prior to a long fermentation with neutral yeast at low temperatures, all the way to dryness, lasting between fourteen and eighteen days to preserve the delicate flavours and aromas. Upon completion the wine is racked off yeast followed by a light filtration prior to taste trials and assemblage.
 
Straw lime colour. Lifted citrus aromas with distinct notes of slate and spice. The palate displays classic Watervale characters of lemon and lime with a fine mineral structure. Showing wonderful depth of flavour, a distinct delicacy and liveliness. The natural acid level provides the wine's backbone and palate line and is perfectly balanced even in the wine's youth.
Knappstein Shiraz
Clare Valley
Available by the dozen
A solid regional style by one of Valley Clare cardinal winemakers, a generously proportioned Shiraz that's redolent with violet perfumes and brimming with cherry mint flavours, over a suitably soft palate of exquisite balance and sound structure. The majority of fruit is sourced from the Knappstein Yertabulti Vineyard which sits atop an elevated site just east of township Clare. Vines are planted to Terra rosa soils, naturally very low yielding, delivering harvests of Shiraz exhibiting profound regionality and irresistible varietal charm.
$2299each
$275DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Knappstein's decision to ungraft some Chardonnay in preference of thirty year old Shiraz rootstock was an unfashionable choice in the 1990s. By allowing the vines to find their natural balance, Knappstein has best been able to understand the quality and characteristics of the different sites. Of these, three 30 year old vineyards have excelled with unique characteristics and calibre for their respective variety. Fermented in static potter and open fermenters, with gentle extraction of flavours and texture through pumping over and hand plunging daily over a fortnight. The skins are pressed and the wine allowed to cold settle before transfer to a selection of fine oak barrels for an extended term of maturation.
 
Bright scarlet colour. A ripe Shiraz nose of coffee and chocolates, florals and subdued pepper, underlying dark blackberry and plums with an attractive violet lift. The palate displays plum and dark berries. The persistent flavours are balanced by fine sandy tannins and spicey French oak. A Shiraz with great intensity, weight and style.
Knappstein Watervale Ackland Riesling
Clare Valley
Available by the dozen
A pure caricature of Watervale, a highly eloquent expression of Riesling, as influenced by the very special terroir and clime from which it is derived. Planted in 1969, the Knappstein Ackland River site is a dry grown property of classic red loam over limestone soils, perfect for yielding vintages of outstanding Riesling fruit. The delicate floral nuances and calico textures are unique to the handful of precious sites within this exclusive Watervale precinct.
$3399each
$407DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Slate and shaley rocks which lie abundant around the Ackland vineyard play a crucial role in the aromatic development of the Riesling. Planted to cool altitudes of 420-450 metres overlooking nearby Watervale township, Ackland's east northeast facing aspect protects the vines from the prevailing winds off the Great Southern Ocean. Whilst capturing the full morning sun to develop strong lime and citrus flavours, the high natural acids are greatly enhanced by the cold night temperatures. All the fruit is selectively hand picked, gently crushed with only the best free run juice used. Musts are cold settled and fermented with neutral yeasts at cool temperatures to dryness, cold settled once again for clarification prior to filtration.
 
Light yellow colour. Ackland shows lifted lemons and limes with delicate floral aromas. The palate is rich with lemon lime and has wonderful persistent acid to complement the fruit sweetness. Knappstein displays the Watervale generosity of intense citrus fruits, exciting and immensely pleasureable, the persistence is balanced by a refreshing mineral acidity. It finishes long and lingering.
Knappstein is one of the most recognisable and popular Clare Valley wineries

Knappstein are a small producer of premium quality wines, who manage their own vineyards. Redeveloped around the historic Enterprise Brewery building at the heart of Clare township, and deeply connected to the community and cultural life of Clare. The Knappstein name has been involved in the wine business in Clare since 1895. The winery was originally founded by Tim Knappstein as Enterprise Wines, a name utilised for the premium Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard and thus honouring the Knappstein heritage as early winemakers connected with Clare for well over 100 years.

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The Clare Valley lies 130km north of Adelaide and 60km east of the Gulf St. Vincent perched high amid the North Mount Lofty Ranges. As one of Australia's longest established regions, with plantings by the Jesuits dating back to 1851, the Clare Valley is also one of the most defined regions in terms of climate, geology, soils, varieties, viticultural techniques and quality of wine.

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The north / south oriented Clare Valley is approximately 40km long and 14km wide with the bottom of the valley lying at about 250 metres above sea level and its eastern escarpment rising to over 580 metres. As a result significant differences exist between vineyards in their altitude, latitude and individual topography. The latter is reflected in many mesmerising contour vineyards which most clearly depict this unique region.

Over the past 20 years the Knappstein winemakers have developed an almost intuitive understanding of the Clare Valley. Central to the understanding of the affinity certain grape varieties have with the region, are the efforts over the past 10 years to ensure a natural environment under which the vines can find their innate balance. Hand pruning of all the vines, and hand picking of the delicate varieties have been obvious choices for the winemakers. A more subtle environmental choice has been the planting of permanent rye grass between rows. This has not only eliminated unnecessary compaction of the ground by plough machinery and prevented the erosion of the unique mosaic of soils, but also caused distinct changes in the meso-climate.

The winery's decision to un-graft some Chardonnay in preference of its 30 year old Shiraz rootstock was an unfashionable choice in the 1990s. By allowing the vines to find their natural balance, Knappstein has best been able to understand the quality and characteristics of the different sites. Of these, three 30 year old vineyards have excelled with unique characteristics and calibre for their respective variety.

In 1971, Knappstein's Ackland Vineyard was planted at the cool altitudes of 420-450 metres overlooking nearby Watervale township. Its east and north-east facing aspect protects the vines from the prevailing winds off the Great Southern Ocean. Thus whilst capturing the full morning sun to develop strong lime and citrus flavours the high natural acids are greatly enhanced by the cold night-time temperatures of this altitude. The slate and shaley rock abundant in the Ackland vineyard soils play a crucial role in the aromatic development of the Riesling, whilst the delicate floral nuances are unique to the handful of vineyards within this Watervale area. Further north on a slightly warmer site, located on the Clare Valley's famous Terra Rosa soils over limestone, is Knappstein's Enterprise Vineyard. The low-yielding Cabernet vines of this vineyard bear fruit with incredibly bold concentration of flavour, distinctive mint-eucalypt flavours with fine natural tannins and striking acidity derived from the iron rich soils and the limestone geology. Planted in 1969, the calibre and typicity of the vineyard has shone through consistently over time, and now is the source of the Knappstein Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This vineyard has produced all the Enterprise Cabernet Sauvignon since 1974.

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"Knappstein Lenswood Vineyards is now the sole (and full-time) occupation of Tim and Annie Knappstein, Tim Knappstein having retired from the winery which bears his name in the Clare Valley, and having sold most of the Clare vineyards to Petaluma (along with the wine business). With 25.5 hectares of close-planted, vertically trained vineyards maintained to the exacting standards of Tim Knappstein, the business will undoubtedly add to the reputation of the Adelaide Hills as an ultra-premium area!" -James Halliday

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