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Knappstein Riesling BottleWine Tasting Note: Knappstein Hand-Picked Riesling, 2003, Clare Valley, South Australia.
A gorgeous aroma – all limes, stony fruits and more than a hint of sherbet-enhanced petrol. A classic Riesling nose in fact. The palate is fresh, young (none of that petrol edge is evident; which is good as not all enjoy it), with a high-acid burst of vibrant lime and orange zest. Tim Knappstein is no longer involved in this wines production having sold the company to Petaluma in 1992. He now runs his own estate elsewhere. This is a great example of Australian Riesling – a perfect wine for salads and seafood. Screw-capped. 12.5% Alcohol.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100
We drank this with a sardine linguine; a recipe nicked from the Observer Food Monthly. Basically this is linguine tossed with breadcrumbs (fried in garlic infused olive oil) and chopped parsley, topped with grilled (tinned) sardines and chopped orange pieces. The recipe stated blood oranges but I couldn’t locate any in Waitrose. The wine was an excellent match.