Papaelias-Louis-Dr-winetaste-Mar12-320x150Knee Deep Develops its Portfolio

In 2000 Dr Phillip Childs and his wife Sue gave birth to Knee Deep Wines – a 34ha estate of established farmland that they transformed into vineyards, winery, and restaurant with winemaker Bob Cartwright responsible for the wines up until 2012. Bob has had an illustrious winemaking career, firstly with Houghton and then with Leeuwin Estate. Bruce Dukes has been in charge of the winemaking at Knee Deep since 2012.

The estate is located in the Wilyabrup sub-district of Margaret River, home to Moss Wood, Woodlands, Sandalford, Evans and Tate and Fermoy Estate. The area is primarily renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon wines, closely followed by its Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends. Having reviewed these wine in 2014, I was interested to see the latest line-up.

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2015 Semillon Sauvignon, 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Two attractive aromatic wines perfect for summer drinking. The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc has a high-toned citrus grassy aroma with a crisp refreshing finish. The Sauvignon Blanc is more pungent with an asparagus, grassy bouquet and a generous mouth-filling palate structure.

2012 Kim’s Chardonnay

Looking back on my notes for the 2011 Kim’s Chardonnay, I commented “the oak is not at all apparent”. On retasting this alongside the 2012, I found the oak in the 2011 is, in fact, much more apparent compared to the 2012. The 2012 has a richer fruit character with more of the desirable minerality that gives a good chardonnay its appeal. A classy wine made to accompany white meats. It will certainly take further bottle age.

2013 Cabernet Merlot

An attractive nose of berries and black olives leads to a generous mouthfeel which has agreeable clean fruit tannins and a soft finish. Hard to fault and a wine that I imagine would sell well in the restaurant.

2011 Kelsea’s Cabernet Sauvignon

My comments for the 2010 wine were “Rich, ripe, cassis, hints of black olive. Real depth of flavour with a long persistent finish. Shows very fine oak treatment.” For the 2011 I would add that a touch of green grass freshness gives the wine an appealing drinkability at the moment. A worthy addition to the great cabernet heritage of the Wilyabrup area.

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