Knappstein's premium Riesling from the Ackland Vineyard, situated in the heart of the Watervale sub-region. A wonderfully pure example of the Riesling variety and the vineyard at Watervale. Wine displays an explosion of intense citrus fruits with exotic tropical notes and distinctive 'Watervale' florals.
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
"…as fine and detailed as any Riesling we have seen this year. It’s precise and yet deceptively rich…. Ackland has the kck of being balanced and genial, while still having enough acidity under the bonnet to carry it for a decade." - Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer, Taste Food & Wine 2009
94 PTS - "Attractive apple blossom and citrus aromas; the palate is intense and very long, with cleansing acidity on the finish." - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010
"Rieslings from this acclaimed vineyard don't get better than this. Seamless Iime citrus flavours and appealing acidity." - John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph, July 2009
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2008 Ackland Riesling is a wonderfully pure example of the Riesling variety. It remains true to the style and elegance for which the Ackland vineyard is famous.The wine showcases a heady bouquet of citrus fruits, orange blossom and marzipan while the palate reveals intense lemon and lime fruits carried by seamless texture and refreshing mineral acidity to a dry and delicate finish.
VINTAGE: The 2008 vintage will be remembered as one of the warmest on record, mainly due to an unrelenting 15 day heatwave in early March. To our advantage, all Knappstein’s fruit was picked prior to this - one month earlier than usual. Ripening conditions through January and February were ideal with mild temperatures, clear skies and cool nights ensuring maximum preservation and accumulation of delicate Clare Valley aromatics and texture. Continued drought conditions guaranteed low yields resulting in wines which show great generosity and intensity while maintaining wonderful Clare Valley style and elegance.
VINEYARD: The fruit for the wine comes from Knappstein's Ackland vineyard, perched on a cool, elevated site of 420 - 450 metres in Clare’s Watervale region, widely considered the heartland of fine Riesling. Planted in 1969, its red loam over limestone soil yields small parcels of premium fruit showcased in the award winning Ackland Riesling - characterised by its generous fruit characters, classic citrus flavours and balanced natural acidity. The soil is predominantly classic Watervale red loam over limestone with ridges of slate and shale. They combine to play a crucial role in the aromatic development of the Riesling, the delicate floral nuances being unique to the handful of vineyards within this Watervale area.