2017 Riposte By Tim Knappstein The Katana Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

2017 Riposte By Tim Knappstein The Katana Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Recommendations

Katana - the sword - is a great analogy for this taut Adelaide Hills Chardonnay. Made by the veteran Tim Knappstein, it's a white wine with a flourish of oak richness to kick off, but backed by a palate that is perfectly clean and very fresh.

Expert Reviews

95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionHand-picked, clones I10V1, 76 and 96, whole-bunch pressed, fermented and matured in French oak (25% new) for 8 months. The Knappstein family didn't miss the opportunity of the '17 vintage with this intense, textured chardonnay with white peach flavours and a sword thrust of citrussy acidity and integrated oak.
Huon Hooke - The Real ReviewMedium to full yellow colour, with a peach nectar and slight apricot aroma, and the wine is tight and reserved in the mouth, with plenty of flavour but seeming to be holding more in reserve. Medium-bodied, attractive drinking, with a clean, dry finish.

Tech stuff

12.5
Adelaide Hills
2017
Screw Cap
Cellar to 2024
750ml

Light

Full

How's it taste?

The 2017 Katana Chardonnay reveals a supple core of white stone fruit and citrus blossom overlaid with tempered edges of minerality. On the palate bright varietal fruit is guided to the finish with nuances of French oak and crisp acidity.

How was it made?

The grapes are from Charlie’s Patch vineyard at Charleston in the Adelaide Hills and were a mixture of clones I10V1 and Bernardi 76 and 96. The vines were shoot thinned to ensure a moderate crop and to allow more sunlight into the canopies helping develop ripe flavours at lower sugar levels. Picked on 4th April 2017. The Chardonnay grapes were hand-picked and chilled overnight then whole bunch pressed. The juice was then rough settled and transferred to French oak barriques (25% new) for fermentation. The wine remained on its yeast lees in barrel until it was blended prior to bottling in early December 2017.

Who made it?

Riposte by Tim Knappstein and Son is a wholly family owned and run wine company producing a range of premium wine in the picturesque Adelaide Hills of South Australia. Winemaker and Owner Tim Knappstein has over 50 years experience and is a recognised pioneer of the region. Rated as a 5 Red Star Winery by James Halliday Riposte has an enviable track record of producing outstanding wines.

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