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Power, Elegance and So Easy to Drink

October 14, 2017 Beverage No Comments Email Email

THE late and legendary ‘Mr Mick’ Knappstein had a particular love of Shiraz, which he referred to frequently as his favourite variety, and he enjoyed nothing better than making it fresh-tasting and easy-drinking for, as he would say, everyone to enjoy.

Its twenty years since Mr Mick passed away in 1997, and his last apprentice when he was winemaker at the Clare Valley’s Leasingham Wines for some 50 years, was a young Tim Adams, who later with his wife and business partner Pam Goldsack turned the wheel full cycle by buying the Leasingham winery in 2011 to become part of their Tim Adams Wines’ stable.

And they’ve just released a range of five special wines created by Tim and their winemaker Brett Schutz that they’ve called Mr Mick, and in his honour made in his fresh, easy-drinking style to sell at just $17 a bottle.

If he was around today we know Mr Mick would get a particular kick out of the 2013 Shiraz that was named after him, because that year’s was an excellent vintage and this is a drop that’s powerful yet elegant and easy to drink – just the way, say Tim and Brett, that Mr Mick would have liked it.

And if you enjoy a good steak, either pan-fried or grilled, this is the wine to go with it.

ONE TO NOTE:  WITH Spring upon us and Summer just around the corner, now’s the time for matching nice cold Chardonnays with barbecues at home, picnics away, or when sitting outside to dinner on balmy Daylight Savings evenings.

And one worth thinking about is d’Arenberg’s The Olive Grove 2016 Chardonnay that’s a blend of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills fruit, and named after the countless olive trees that first started to appear in McLaren Vale back in the 1840s, and have sprawled and thrived ever since.

This is a lovely drop that could possibly be summed up as “modern style,” with a clever balance between its crisp and savoury stone fruit, and subtle integrated oak. And squeezed in-between are suggestions of a nuttiness and a hint of vanillan… a particularly rewarding drop with well-chilled Mediterranean-style prawn (or shrimp) and lobster crepes.  And so nicely priced at just $15.

THE late Mr Mick would have got a kick out of this, Shiraz being his favourite variety and this one by Tim Adams and Brett Schutz powerful yet elegant and easy to drink – just the way he liked it.

NAMED after the olive trees that have grown in McLaren Vale since the 1840s, this is a white to think about with Mediterranean prawn and lobster crepes as a Daylight Savings’ outdoor evening’s dinner.

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Written by David Ellis

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