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2016 Riposte by Tim Knappstein The Dagger Pinot Noir

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Since 1895, the Knappstein's have been leaders in the wine industry and Tim Knappstein is a name that cannot be ignored. He's a true wine making genius who has been honing his craft for many years over in South Australia. His Rieslings are legendary, and now, his Pinots are too.

Since the first release in 2010, The Dagger Pinot Noir has been refined, tweaked, and mastered with each and every vintage scoring 90+ points. Tim is a perfectionist and the increasing scores from wine critics around Australia are proving that his hard work is paying off too.

Full of prime red fruit, think plump cherries plus ripe, juicy, strawberries and a hint of spice. This wine is lusciously long and velvety, we have to admit, it's built to drink now because once you start to enjoy it you won't be able to put your glass down. It's a truly beautiful drop and today you can add it to your collection. Grab a couple of dozen to keep you warm at night...

Winemaker's Notes

Viticulture: The grapes for the 2016 Dagger Pinot Noir are from two carefully selected vineyard sites at Charleston and Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills.

The wine: Striking floral edges with cuts of bright red berries combine on the nose of the 2016 Dagger Pinot Noir to create a fresh yet complex attack on the senses. Lifted rich fruit and spice parry along the palate to a finish of fine-grained tannin and bright acidity.
The Dagger has been honed to create a vibrant, rich, earlier drinking wine displaying all of the hallmark aromas flavours and texture of Pinot Noir.
Drink young while the edge is keen.

The label: 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: ‘Dagger’ A short knifelike weapon with pointed double-edged blade. It was worn primarily for self protection but some types with long hand guards were used while sword fighting. These were held in the left hand while a sword was wielded with the right.

Cellaring potential: 1 - 3 years

Alc/vol: 13.5 %

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2016 Riposte by Tim Knappstein The Dagger Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2016 Vintage) says
Light, but bright crimson hue; a surprise packet, until the memory of prior vintages clicks in. This has an indecent amount of complex varietal fruits; cherry and plum fruit engage in a duel to establish primacy, the referee coming in with spicy/savoury tannins to give context to the duel - which ultimately remains unresolved.
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James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
Full crimson-purple hue; a fine web of earth and spice is wound through the dark cherry and damson plum fruit of both the bouquet and palate alike, providing an extra measure of texture and structure. Still in its infancy, but promises much for the future - and an enticing price.
Australian Wine Companion

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