2013 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia (Elsewhere $22+)

SKU #1170152 95 points James Halliday

 The grapes come from the Charleston and Gumeracha districts of the Adelaide Hills, the clones being MV6 and 777; deliberately made as an early drinking style. Excellent crimson colour; the fragrant, floral bouquet floats on bright red cherry and spice aromas, the beautifully framed and balanced palate simply reinforcing the red berry fruits of the bouquet courtesy of persistent, but supple, tannins oak a bystander watching the sword play. Top class Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, outrageous value.  (5/ 2014)

K&L Notes

A pure, aromatic, rich, juicy, fruit-driven Pinot from highly respected winemaker Tim Knappstein. Tim who is a 4th generation vigneron has been making wines in the Adelaide Hills since 1966 and is one of the most experienced guys in business. The "Dagger" Pinot shows this lovely cool, ocean-influenced climate of the Adelaide Hills. It has a perfect combination of lush, rich, silky soft fruit, exotic ground spices, and a touch of French oak. Absolutely delicious Pinot for the money and one that is sure to be a real crowd pleaser. I love that this wine has tons of fruit and richness without being overly alcoholic, weighing in at a balanced 13.5% abv! This is a great everyday drinker brought to you at importer direct pricing! With Tim's top reputation, huge scores from the critics and low pricing, this is set to go very fast. A great deal with the Holidays now just around the corner! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Wine Merchants Australian Wine Buyer)

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By: Ricky Ruvalcaba |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/2/2014  | Send Email
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Great food friendly Pinot Noir! Beautiful blooming red flowers, bursting ripe summer berries, and sweet spices. Both easy drinking and easy on the wallet. I say enjoy what's left of summer barbecues with this awesome direct import. Cheers to our buyer for scoring this one for us all.
Top Value!

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/2/2014  | Send Email
The "Dagger" is a good name for this wine as it has good cut and gets to the point! The bouquet is bright and lifted with raspberry, ripe cherry, earth and a white pepper spice note. On the palate there is fine definition and focus with a fleshy mid-palate and juicy acidity that leads to a long persistent finish. This is a delicious Pinot from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia and great value.

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2014  | Send Email
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This wine really surprised me, because of its really rich texture and weight but it has really good acidic balance. The fruit character is a little fuller and riper than what I normally look for in Pinot Noir but it still said Pinot Noir to me. Luscious texture, nice balance and a pleasure to drink. Try it with grilled meats.
Drink from 2014 to 2017

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/26/2014  | Send Email
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Screaming deal! Rich, medium-full bodied Pinot with great purity of fruit and silky smooth texture. Lots of exotic dark red fruits, toasted spices, suave oak, bramble fruit and cocoa dust. Really packs lot of flavor for such an inexpensive bottle, drinks above it's price point for powerful Pinot. Perfectly ripe and rich but without too much Alc (only 13.5%). Direct from the Importer pricing and big points means this is deal to be snapped up ASAP!
Top Value!

By: Amy Monroe |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/19/2014  | Send Email
Who knew sub-$20 Pinot Noir could taste this good? Cherry, vanilla, and just a hint of mint. A surefire crowd-pleaser that's perfect for your next dinner party.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Adelaide Hills

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5