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Riposte 'The Sabre' Pinot Noir 2017

Special Price $32.00 Regular Price $35.00
Finesseful yet powerful. Playful yet brooding. Plenty of florals here with a spiced and silken palate giving way to a finely tannic finish. Delicious now but good for cellaring such is its structure.
Riposte 'The Sabre' Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Region
Adelaide Hills, SA
Vintage
2017
Winery
Riposte
Winemaker
Tim Knappstein and Nick Knappstein
Bling
Gold Medals, 95pts James Halliday, 94pts Sam Kim
Alcohol %
13.5
Size
750 mL

If you enjoy your wines and have done for a while, you have no doubt heard the name Tim Knappstein before. He is a third generation vigneron, with the Knappstein name having been involved in the SA wine business since 1895. Tim started making wine in 1966 and has amassed in excess of 500 show awards including 120 Gold Medals and 24 Trophies. Not bad huh!

The Riposte label has allowed Tim to play around with some cool climate wines in the Adelaide Hills, most notably, 'The Dagger' Pinot, which regularly picks up accolades.

Adelaide Hills, SA

Region

Adelaide Hills, SA

Considerably cooler than the surrounding plains, the hills are washed in rain during winte ...
Considerably cooler than the surrounding plains, the hills are washed in rain during winter months, and the peaks wrapped in fog. It is considered a high rainfall region compared to other Australian regions, but outside of winter the climate is warm and dry. Night time temperatures are the feature - notably cooler than the day when the sun sets. Worth noting is how the average rainfall increases the higher you go, with Mount Lofty picking up 1400mm on the old splash-o-meter compared to 850mm just 10K down the road in Charleston. This range of moisture and altitudes results in a variety of soils, but in general are sand and clay loam over clay subsoils. ... Read Full Article
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Pinot Noir

Variety

Pinot Noir

Pinot noir (French pronunciation: [pinoˈnwaʁ]) is a red wine grape variety of th ...
Pinot noir (French pronunciation: [pinoˈnwaʁ]) is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for "pine" and "black" alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. Despite this, Pinot ... Read Full Article
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Not often can you sit back and bask in your own glory.  Well, this wine pairing is 100% one of those moments.  As soon as I cracked open the delicious pinot and gave it a whiff I knew it would pair beautifully. 

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Adelaide Hills, SA
Adelaide Hills, SA

Considerably cooler than the surrounding plains, the hills are washed in rain during winter months, and the peaks wrapped in fog. It is considered a high rainfall region compared to other Australian regions, but outside of winter the climate is warm and dry. Night time temperatures are the feature - notably cooler than the day when the sun sets. Worth noting is how the average rainfall increases the higher you go, with Mount Lofty picking up 1400mm on the old splash-o-meter compared to 850mm just 10K down the road in Charleston. This range of moisture and altitudes results in a variety of soils, but in general are sand and clay loam over clay subsoils. A bit of shale and ironstone can be found, and the soil is acidic on average and rarely acidic.

The combination of climate and soil lends to superb cool-weather whites like Riesling (if you watch for mould), Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and crisp Chardonnays. Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon can also be found, with the grapes

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Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir

Pinot noir (French pronunciation: [pinoˈnwaʁ]) is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for "pine" and "black" alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit.

Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.

Despite this, Pinot wines are among the most popular in the world. Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair describes Pinot noir as "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet

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