Riposte is an entirely family owned and run boutique winery. Tim, Dale and Nick form a close-knit team that is guided by the winemaking philosophy to be ‘hands on’ at every stage from vineyard to bottle. Each vineyard site is carefully selected for quality and its suitability for producing varietal character. Tim and son Nick work closely with the growers at every stage, ensuring grapes are picked at the optimum stage of ripeness, vibrancy and freshness.
The grapes for The Sabre are from some of the oldest and best sited Pinot Noir vineyards in the high cool climate Lenswood and Piccadilly sub-regionsof the Adelaide Hills. We work with our growers to produce moderate yields of fruit, well exposed to sunlight to maximise colour and ripe flavours.
Power with finesse. The 2018 Sabre Pinot Noir layers cuts of dark cherry and forest berries with subtle spice notes on the nose. Rich fruit and floral lift lead to a finale of lingering gossamer tannins with nuances of toasty oak.
Complex, seductive and sensual, this gorgeous pinot shows dark cherry, sweet plum, anise, olive and roasted nut aromas on the nose with a touch of earthy mushroom. The palate displays beautifully rounded mouthfeel together with refined texture and silky tannins, finishing magnificently long and expansive. At its best: now to 2028. Rating: 95 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
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