Knappstein Shillings Classic Clare 2011 CONFIRM 2011 VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
Twelve shillings were the average weekly wage paid to miners in the Clare Valley, back in the days when Knappstein wineworks were the Enterprise Brewery, circa late 1800s. As one of Australia's most eminent wine growing regions, the Clare Valley's warm dry days and crisp, clear nights stimulate the vines, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz have taken famously to the favourable conditions. Enter Shillings, an assemblage of the two noble red varietal grapes in the quintessential Australian red wine style, endowed with the distinctive softness of Clare Valley.
Parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are delivered to the winery after a harvest determined by a regimen of visits and taste tests by the winemaking team amongst the vines. The fruit must taste good in the vineyard before its ready to make wine. Bunches are destemmed and the berries are split through the crusher. The must is pumped to tank for a spell of maceration and inoculation with select yeasts followed by a temperature controlled vinification. A routine of pumpovers is employed to achieve good colour, aid in flavour development and build tannin structure. After a gentle pressing, the wine is transferred to a selection of fine oak barrels for maturation before assemblage, filtration and bottling.
Deep garnet in colour. A rich, complex bouquet of red berries and cocoa, spices and plum, redolent with dark fruit aromas. This full bodied wine showcases rich red plum, blackberry and black currant flavours underscored by a hint of cassis. Its velvety textures are framed by delicate oak nuances while finishing long and dry. A youthful approachable style that would be a superb accompaniement to grilled meats and pasta, gourmet pizzas or cheese.
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