The grapes are from two vineyards, one near Lenswood and the other at Charleston in the Adelaide Hills. The vines in both were shoot thinned to give moderate crops and good fruit exposure to sunlight.
The fruit from both vineyards was hand picked, chilled overnight and whole bunch pressed. 25% was fermented in French oak hogsheads and barriques (15% new) and was put through malolactic. It was then reblended with the fresh tank fermented portions to provide a balance of fruit and complexity.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
This variety, whether it's named gris or grigio, can confound drinkers with its many variables of freshness and texture, but here you get a familiar green-skinned pear burst of aromas, white nectarine and faint tropical notes as well. A delicate sprinkling of spice gives it interest in the finish. Very Good - Tony Love, taste.com.au (30/JUL/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
The Stiletto glides gently along the palate with fresh cuts of nashi pear and honeysuckle florals resolving in a final stab of spice. Supple rich, mouth filling fruit leads to a finely honed finish of crisp acidity.
Best drunk before 3 years.
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.
The Sword Name - `The Stiletto`
‘The Stiletto’ was popular as a concealed weapon much favoured by assassins in the 17th & 18th centuries. The stiletto is long and thin with a sharp point and a triangular or four sided blade. A stabbing, not a cutting weapon, it gives its name to the long thin heel on ladies’ shoes.