Made in small batches, all cold soaked and hand plunged in open fermenters. 100% malolactic fermentation aged in French oak barriques (25% new) for ten months prior to blending. Bottled in March 2010 after minimal filtration.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
2010 Riposte The Sabre Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir Tim Knappstein’s Riposte pinots have consistently shown well in our tastings, and it was good to see that support continue when our guest panel members joined us. The Riposte narrowly reversed the decision of the Adelaide Hills Wine Show where the Shaw + Smith edged it out for the trophy. Its fragrance and opulent dark cherry palate won favour with the judges, as did the fine, firm tannins which provide balance and encourage cellaring. There are some ideal, cool pinot sites in the mosaic that is the Adelaide Hills, and perhaps a little too much media attention is focused on Victoria, particularly some small “cult” makers who are inconsistent at best. Outstanding The 2013 Winewise Championship Pinot Noir
Fresh, light crimson; the fresh, fragrant bouquet leads into a well-structured and balanced palate, with an array of small berry fruits and spices, the finish long and satisfying. Rating 93 - Drink by 2017 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
2010 was a very early season with a heatwave in November which accelerated vine growth and flowering. The weather then moderated and produced a cool,
sunny ripening period and excellent development of flavour, colour and tannins.
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 Sabre’
A fencing weapon with a flat blade, used with cutting or thrusting actions; a military sword popular in the 18th to 20th centuries, mainly used by cavalry
Medals & Trophies
Best Pinot Noir in Australia – Winewise Championship
5th in the Adelaide Review Top 100 Wines
Gold Medal – 2010 & 2011 Adelaide Hills Wine Shows