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2015 Riposte The Foil Sauvignon Blanc

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This cheeky little Riposte savvy is made by one of Australia's legen - 'wait for it' - dary winemakers, Tim Knappstein. It is very much a retort to the Marlborough sav blancs, and a refreshing alternative. Vibrant scents of gooseberry, apples, lemon citrus, and hints of freshly mowed grass decorate the nose, whilst the palate is racy and compact, with concentrated citrusy flavours, frisky acidity, and a dry, crisp finish.

Winemaker's Notes


The parcels of Sauvignon Blanc fruit for this wine, were hand selected by Tim Knappstein from high altitude vineyards. All are cane pruned and on VSP trellis. Crushed and pressed with minimal skin contact, the juice was clarified by cold settling and fermented cold. Portions of the wine from each vineyard were used and 20 – 25% of the juice was fermented in oak to give additional weight and texture to the final blend.


Shows a thrust of lifted passionfruit combines with slices of gooseberry and snow pea with a mineral edge. An elegant palate of intense fruit tapers cleanly on the palate to a crisp, finely honed conclusion of piercing acidity. Enjoy while young and fresh.


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.


A sword with a light, flexible blade of rectangular cross section tapering to a blunt point. It was designed as a practice weapon for the small sword fashionable in the 17th and is now used primarily in the sport of Fencing

Alc/Vol: 13.0%

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2015 Riposte The Foil Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright greenish straw; vibrantly fresh and incisive, with kiwifruit, citrus and passionfruit on the bouquet, precisely replayed on the long, very well balanced palate. Outstanding value.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Lightly herbal and floral, with pristine aromas of gooseberries, cassis and lychees backed by delicate herbal undertones. Long and elegant, its restrained palate of pure, essential fruit is supported by a fine chalkiness, finishing with persistent flavours of tropical fruits and an invigorating lemony acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Just a tinge of green to the colour; the bouquet has some appealing flowery notes, the palate with gooseberry, passionfruit and strong lemony/steely acidity on the finish.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A sophisticated expression of what makes this variety so popular. Its lightly floral, fresh and punchy aromas of passionfruit, gooseberries, lychees and melon are lightly grassy, pure and essential. Long and juicy, with a translucent presence of fruit and a fine, dusty texture, it finishes with refreshingly focused acidity and a faint earthiness. Great effort from this vintage!
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Bright, fresh and mineral, with a lightly floral, chalky bouquet whose aromas of gooseberries, passionfruit, pear and wet slate precede a long, bright and penetrative palate. Underpinned by a chalky, dusty mouthfeel, it delivers pure, intense lychee and gooseberry-like varietal flavour finishing long, austere and savoury, with a drying acidity and a lick of mineral.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
This is an important style in the Sauvignon scheme because it has a totally different shape to Marlborough. The theme here is finely structured citrus, cool grapefruit, lime leaf and Pink Lady apple, avoiding green asparagus notes and ripe tropical nuances. Instead, it's refreshing and understated with a long, mineral finish.
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean aromas, then a palate with a sunburst of tropical fruits with splashes of passionfruit and gooseberry; good acidity on the long finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A clean and expressive bouquet reflecting the abundant gooseberry/passionfruit/tropical flavours of the palate; crisp acidity to close.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Tim Knappstein has produced some stunning sauvignon over the years, and this is right on the mark with passionfruit and ripe green herbs. The palate drops a ball of tropical flavour, really impressive concentration, some musky texture and cleansing acid all add up to easy enjoyment.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Opens quietly but correctly on the clean bouquet, then has masses of flavour bursting from the palate in a classic mineral/gooseberry/tropical mix.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007

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