06/03/2016 – Riposte The Dagger Pinot Noir 2014

(2016) A fine, upfront Pinot from the Adelaide Hills, Riposte is the label of Tim Knappstein, ex- of his eponymous label Tim Knappstein of the Clare Valley, but now forging his own way in the Adelaide Hills. Tim uses a signigicant proportion of whole berries in his fermentation for this wine giving the fruit brightness of carbonic maceration, with very little oak. It has fabulous aromatics, cherry and kirsch, and buoyant, fresh black berries, briar and spicy truffles. Joyous fruit ripeness and sweetness on the palate, it is super sweet and buoyant, but framed by its acidity and a fine, gentle tannin to support.

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