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Knappstein Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
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.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$275.00
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.
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