Knappstein The Mayor’s Vineyard Shiraz


for the equivalent of £26.95 a bottle

Grower: Knappstein
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Style: Spice and Mineral
Country: Australia
Appellation: Clare Valley
Vintage: 2020/21
Closure: STELVIN
Alcohol: 14.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Deep garnet red in colour. The bouquet brings aromas of blue berry, perfume and spice concentrate, with elegant floral undertones providing lift. Long with a tight tannin profile and framework for the fruit to extend, followed by an impressively concentrated palate delivering refined texture and chalky tannins. Multi-layered and gorgeously complex with superb structure and presence on the finish.

Tim Knappstein joined the Stanley Wine Company in 1969, working his apprenticeship for a company who was a significant player in Clare during this time. However, in the mid-1970s he left SWC and created Tim Knappstein Wines, locating his winery in what was once the Enterprise Brewery at the northern end of the Clare town. Built in 1878, the brewery’s primary purpose was to quench the thirst of local miners. The building went through various charges, having renamed the Clare Brewery in 1905. That went out of business in 1917 after semi-prohibition laws restricted opening hours for the sale of alcohol. After the war, it became the home of Clare Mineral Waters, before the Knappstein family took over the property in 1976 and initially christening it the Clare Enterprise Winery. Today it is simply known as the Knappstein Enterprise Winery. Tim Knappstein was instrumental during that period in establishing the Clare Valley as one of Australia’s premium wine growing regions, not only with the quality of his Riesling, but with his Cabernet Sauvignon too. Since then, it would be fair to say that the winery has passed through various hands over the years, including a period under the ownership of Wolf Blass, however each subsequent proprietor has elected to maintain and respect the Knappstein name.



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