Knappstein is an award-winning winery and fully-functioning micro-brewery steeped in the traditions of the Clare Valley in South Australia, one of Australia’s longest established wine regions.
It all began with Fanny Filgate, the daughter of enterprising Irishman Edward ‘Paddy’ Gleeson, best known for establishing the township of Clare. Fanny inherited her father’s entrepreneurial streak, opening the Enterprise Brewery in 1878 to satisfy thirsty local miners. As the copper mining industry took off, so did Fanny’s beer sales and she was the proud owner of the brewery for almost three decades.
Today, Knappstein’s winemaking team is led by Glenn Barry, who honed his skills in the Clare Valley and as far afield as Sicily, the Okanagan in Canada and Napa. Glenn’s winemaking philosophy reflects his love of fresh wines, with vibrant and pure flavours.
The 2014 Knappstein Shiraz displays typical Clare Valley style and texture. Spicy highlights with red and black cherry aromatics lead into an energetic palate with flavours of spice red fruits and blackberries supported by a savoury, baked meat like element. Firm but fine tannins and oak - playing a purely supporting role - provide framework for a textural and lengthy finish.
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