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2014 Knappstein Clare Valley Shiraz

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Cracka Review

The Clare Valley is capable of producing some of the country’s best examples of Shiraz and here we’ve found a wine that hits the vinous G spot. G stands for gluggable and what a delicious example of regional Shiraz this is. Raspberry and plum backed up by heightened spice on the nose before a textured palate of redcurrant and rhubarb as well as trademark chocolate flavours. French oak lends elegance while fine-grained tannins make it poised and nicely structured.

Winemaker's Notes

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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2014 Knappstein Clare Valley Shiraz

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Theoretically, '12 is a hard act to follow, but in terms of sheer concentration and power, this outweighs the '12. On the other hand, it doesn't have the same finesse, and the thunderous black fruits, allied with tannins to match, demand patience, and at this price, you can afford to put some bottles away.
Till 2023
Wine Companion
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A bargain cellaring special, this is a strong vintage for Knappstein, with great definition of black plum and black pepper. A firmly structured backbone of fine, textural tannins and sensitively handled oak ensure that it will live confidently for a decade and beyond.
Wine Taste Edition 46
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Strong purple-crimson; the medium- to full-bodied palate seems to have one foot in McLaren Vale, with its savoury dark chocolate nuances, the other in the Clare Valley, with its ripe plum and blackberry fruit; common to both are the firm tannins that provide both balance and length, with oak in a support role.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A spicy, meaty shiraz whose earthy, leathery and gamey aromas of dark plums, blackberries, raspberries and cedar/vanilla oak reveal a sweet violet-like perfume and a whiff of black pepper. Smooth and polished, it's an unctuous, full to medium-bodied expression of pure, intense berry/plum fruit supported by firmish, grainy tannins and backed by spicy, peppery varietal complexity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013

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