Riposte The Dagger Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2015
The dictionary definition of ‘Riposte’ (pronounced rip-posst) is comeback, reply, retort, or in the context of the sport of fencing a quick counter stroke. After over a decade of confusion about his name ‘Riposte’ was chosen as an appropriate name for a ‘comeback label’ by Tim Knappstein.
Lush dark berry fruit with striking floral edges combine on the nose of the Dagger Pinot Noir to create a fresh yet complex attack on the senses. Lifted rich fruit and spice parry along the palate to a finish of fine-grained tannin and bright acidity. The Dagger has been honed to create a vibrant, rich, earlier drinking wine displaying all of the hallmark aromas flavours and texture of Pinot Noir. Drink young while the edge is keen. The grapes for ‘The Dagger’ are from Charleston and Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills.
Full crimson-purple hue; a fine web of earth and spice is wound through the dark cherry and damson plum fruit of both the bouquet and palate, providing an extra measure of texture and structure. Still in its infancy, but promises much for the future - and an enticing price. Screwcap, 13% alc, drink to 2025; Rating: 94 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2015; James Halliday; Weekend Australian
This is a Pinot for the non-believers. Such a pretty wine on the nose, it displays vibrant, rich spicy raspberry and cherry characters and has the texture Pinot twice the price dreams about. The dictionary definition of ‘Riposte’ is comeback, reply, retort, or in the context of the sport of fencing a quick counter stroke. It seems Knappstein is making an art form out of coming back - annually! Bargain Pinot. Drink: Now - 2019; Quality: Excellent; BW; WineStar© December 2015
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