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.
Good colour; particularly well made, the harmonious bouquet promising an easy ride, and the palate duly delivering just that. Dark cherry fruit provides the core of the wine, its juicy mouthfeel very attractive; spicy tannins promote texture and structure alongside the fruit. Drink by: 2030; Price: $22.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion
This is another good release. It walks a mid line and will suit a variety of palates as a result. Blackberry, plum, some clove-like notes, a whisper of anise. It’s filled with fruit but not too sweet with it. It doesn’t eschew savouriness but nor does it openly court it. Well done. Most will enjoy. Tasted: Apr17; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $22; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017- 022+; Rated: 90 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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