June 12, 2013

#winewednesday - Riposte Pinot Noir

Do you ever pull out a wine from your wine rack and wonder where did that come from?  I'm usually pretty good at remembering what I've bought and where I've bought it from, but occasionally I'll pull something randomly from the rack (it's kind of like pot luck night) and my memory will completely fail me.  That's definitely the case this today's wine - although I won't forget it now :-)


Tim Knappstein has been making wine for a long time. In fact it's in his blood. He's a third generation vigneron (that's the fancy word for wine maker), based in the Adelaide Hills.  They make a good range of wines, but I think they are really known for the pinot.  The Sabre (what I drank & pictured above) is particularly well awarded.  

As you can see from the picture, the colour is a lovely crimson - with lots of berry red.  To smell it is just what you would expect from it's hue - fresh, berries and a hint of spice.  To taste it's got great balance - nothing too heavy but not as light as some pinot's I've had recently.  Lot's of berry without the sweetness, a good dash of spice and a hint of oak.  It's a really nice drop to drink.  Especially when you've randomly selected it from the shelf.  A great surprise on a Friday night.  I must confess it deserved more than the pizza I was having it with, but seeing as we'd already demolished most of the bottle before the pizza was ready I'm ok with it.  Next time I'll have it with something a little more complex.

Cheers

Sally