2022 Riposte The Dagger Pinot Noir
A deliciously fresh Pinot Noir brimming with red fruits.
Winemaker Tim Knappstein and son Nick are the names behind the Riposte range of wines, sourcing fruit from dedicated growers in the Adelaide Hills.
Semi translucent red to dark red colour with black toned edges and a light red hue. Fragrant scents of violet, strawberries and dark cherries blossom out the glass complimented by hints of anise, fresh herbs and delicate forest floor. Delicious red to dark cherry, strawberry and subtle rhubarb flavours unfold across the palate with a supple textural feel. Some anise, forest floor and spice characters ensue. Finishes fresh and youthfully energetic with polished tannins and a long savoury red fruited aftertaste.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
A fine Adelaide Hills Pinot, which offers excellent value, from a cracking vintage. Made from a combination of four different clones, the fruit is destemmed. A considerable percentage of whole berries has been used here. After pressing, the wine goes to stainless steel tanks before blending. The aim is a fresh, vital and youthful style, while the use of an array of clones adds to the complexity. The colour is a vibrant garnet. The aromas are fresh berry, some earthiness, fungal, animal hide, root vegetables and red berries here with hints of sarsaparilla. This is a slightly burly, flavour-first style. The palate exhibits some cold tea notes with decent length so there is no apparent reason why this won’t be providing pleasure for at least the next four years. Drink 2023-2027.
Ken Gargett – WinePilot.com
I’ve seen this Riposte The Dagger Pinot Noir 2022 down to as low as $19 a bottle. It’s a steal at that price. Buy buy buy!
Indeed, I judged with Tim Knappstein back in March and he was pretty happy with this Pinot too.
Bright raspberry juicy fruit aplenty in this Adelaide Hills Pinot – like biting into a raspberry! A bit of glacé raspberry, too, from some whole berry carbonic action. Juicy, varietal, no tannins, but so much lovely fruit. Just a little broad to finish. Lovely drink in the best way possible.
Andrew Graham – Ozwinereview.com