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2015 Knappstein Ackland Vineyard Riesling

Cracka Value Rating

Cracka Review

This is the business. Clare Valley Riesling that is so indicative off the region and the soil's influence. We know you’ve heard it from us before, but Riesling is such an easy drinking white that we don’t understand why it’s not more popular. This is made with fruit sourced from the famed Ackland single vineyard that has given Knappstein some memorable wines over the decades. It’s vibrant with lime, apple and musk before a palate of lemon and textured minerals. It finishes with great intensity and length of flavour suggesting a match of some fresh seafood would be the best option.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2015 Knappstein Ackland Vineyard Watervale Riesling displays. strong scents of freshly squeezed lime juice met with aromas of cut fennel and a hint of vanilla. The palate is juicy, soft and generous in flavour. Ripe grapefruit and floral notes are carried by gentle chalky texture through a refreshingly crisp, long finish.

Vintage: A very dry spring which was ideal for budburst led into our coolest January in 23 years, although rainfall remained very low. We were finally blessed with some significant rainfall on the 10th January (42.4mm), which really saved our vintage and led to wonderful flavour development and acid retention in both reds and whites. But then we had a series of heat waves in February, which brought everything on very quickly. These conditions led to the ripening of Shiraz at the same time as Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vineyard: The Ackland Vineyard is perched on a cool, elevated site of 450 – 500 metres in Clare’s Watervale district. Planted in 1969, it yields small parcels of premium fruit characterised by classic citrus flavours and balanced natural acidity. The soil is predominantly classic Watervale red loam over calcium calcrete with ridges of slate and shale. They combine to play a crucial role in the aromatic development of the Riesling, the delicate floral nuances unique to the handful of vineyards within this Watervale area.

Winemaking: The wine was made with a responsive winemaking approach to preserve fruit purity. The fruit was hand picked and gently crushed with only the best free-run juice used. It was then cold settled and cool fermented with neutral yeast to dryness. The wine was stabilised prior to filtration and bottling.

Cellaring: This wine will reward ageing for up to 15 years and beyond.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

expert reviews about

2015 Knappstein Ackland Vineyard Riesling

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Long, even and finely measured, with a delicate fragrance of white and blue flowers, lime juice, apple and pear backed by a light chalkiness. Crunchy, deliciously intense and crystal-clear flavours of apple and pear underpinned by fine dusty texture reveal nuances of lime juice before a refreshing and finely tapered finishing of tangy lemony acidity.
2020-2024+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
The legendary name of Acland has risen to new levels of spicy exoticism in the cool days of 2011, infused with kaffir lime, fennel, cloves, nutmeg and star anise. Its allure makes it a younger-drinking style.
Wine 100, March 2012
94
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A fine, elegant, floral riesling with tautness and focus. It's scented with pure aromas of apple, pear and lime backed by a hint of wet slate and lifted by a perfume of lavender and white flowers. Long and slatey, it's finely sculpted and focused, with bright, juicy fruit neatly punctuated by tangy, lemony acids. It just lacks the emphasis and persistence for an even higher rating.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
94
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Watervale was the star of Clare in 2010 and these old vines in this cool, elevated site are right in its core. Pure, piercing and pristine lime juice, lemon zest and Granny Smith Apples are underlaid by fine minerality and chalky texture. Softer and more rounded than the longer-lived vintages, but nonetheless one of the highlights of this season.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
As has been demonstrated time again, this was a very good Clare Valley vintage for riesling; the floral, potpourri aromas lead into long, intense palate with citrus and mineral characters playing tag with each other.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Distinct flowery citrus blossom aromas; the palate has great thrust and urgency, lime and lemon intertwined with minerally acidity; retains finesse and delicacy in the midst of this power.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Attractive apple blossom and citrus aromas; the palate is intense and very long, with cleansing acidity on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Spicy floral blossom aromas; a long, lingering and powerful palate has considerable drive right through to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A perfumed, musky and intensely flavoured riesling in the typically tangy, juicy house Knappstein style. Its floral and limey aromas are backed by suggestions of mineral. Long and shapely, it's also quite round and juicy, with an intense core of rich, tangy citrus fruit that extends well down the palate towards a lingering finish of refreshing lime juice acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
92

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