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Knappstein with Andrew Hardy

by Tom Cannavan, 01/03

winemaker  I caught up with Andrew Hardy on a flying visit to Glasgow, when we grabbed some lunch in the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant after he'd delivered a little tutored tasting to staff of Oddbins branches in the area. Andrew is indeed a member of the famous Hardy's dynasty, but learned his trade working for Brian Croser at Petaluma, starting with the 1983 vintage as cellar-hand, then trainee winemaker and finally Winemaker and Viticulturist, until September 1995 when he transferred to become Manager and Winemaker for Knappstein.

Knappstein is based in the Clare Valley, an area much in vogue for its Rieslings, and much in the news after the leading estates there unanimously switched to Screwcap closures in the 2001 vintage. Knappstein make Riesling of course, along with other aromatic whites including Gewürztraminer, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. There's Chardonnay too, and reds are based on Shiraz (including a new sparkling version) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Knappstein's premium range appears under the "Enterprise" label.

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