Knappstein Chardonnay benifits from the temperate conditions of the Clare Valley. The grapes are able to ripen slowly in the vineyard, with the result being fruit which displays subtle characters of peach and melon. Less contact resultes in a full yeasty palate with the oak kept very subtle allowing the fruit to dominate.
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2006 Chardonnay benifited from the cool Febuary period. The grapes ripened slowly and wine displays subtle peach and melon charaters. The palate shows full show yeasty characters from lees contact. The oak is very subtle allowing the fruit to dominate. The wine finishes with clean crisp acid.
Vintage: The 2006 vintage was a little warmer during January than 2005 but Febuary had near perfect ripening conditions.
Vineyard: The high Clare vineyards allow the grapes to maintain their structure as the flavour develops.
Winemaking: The wine is made with little manipulation to allow the fruit expression. The juice is cold settled prior to fermentation in older oak.The wine stays in contact with lees for 3-4 months.
Cellaring Potential: This wine is best enjoyed in the first 3 years.
Technical Information: Blend: 100% Chardonnay Harvest Date: Mid March Residual Sugar: 2-3 grams/litre Bottling Date: October 2006 Acidity: 6.8 grams/litre pH: 3.02 Alcohol: 13.5 % alc.vol Standard Drinks: 8.0