A sleek beauty from The Hills

2017 RiposteThis Aussie pinot noir is an awesome addition to everyone’s cellar, says Matthew Jukes.

2017-Riposte

2017 Riposte by Tim Knappstein and Son, The Dagger Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, South Australia£17.50, reduced to £14.99 until 31 August, Hennings Wine, 01798-872485 , HenningsWine.co.uk.

It is safe to say that Tim Knappstein is a legend in the Australian wine scene. He has worked in the business since 1966 and has totted up more than 500 wine-show awards, including 120 gold medals and 24 trophies. Having worked at the famous Clare Valley winery, Leasingham, in 1976 he started his own wine company, Tim Knappstein Wines.

A true pioneer, in 1981 Tim was the first to plant a vineyard in the Lenswood area of the Adelaide Hills, where he still lives today. The old Knappstein winery, along with his name, were sold in 1985 and so he named his new operation Riposte right back atcha!

A chip off the old block

While Tim has subtly moved his name back onto his label, the important "and Son" reference on Riposte's wine labels refers to Nick, Tim's son. A chip off the old block, Nick is a superb chap and he and his dad make stunning wines in "The Hills", specialising in pinot noir.

My featured wine this week, The Dagger, is a sleek beauty and it shows rare balance. Drinking perfectly already, freshly fruity on the nose and wonderfully vivid on the palate, this is wine that celebrates this grape's innate sexiness without loading it with unwanted oak or attitude. Stylish and complete, this will be an awesome addition to every single MoneyWeek reader's cellar.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).

Recommended

The top festive tipples
Wine

The top festive tipples

MoneyWeek wine columnist Matthew Jukes rounds up the best wines for your Christmas meals.
13 Dec 2019
Wine of the week: a mind-blowingly exciting aperitif
Wine

Wine of the week: a mind-blowingly exciting aperitif

This riesling is a bargain and a beauty. And at a sniff under 20 quid, it is positively irresistible.
16 Oct 2020
Wine of the week: one of the greatest grenaches
Wine

Wine of the week: one of the greatest grenaches

This very serious Australian red tastes like nothing else made from Grenache, says Matthew Jukes.
2 Oct 2020
Wine of the week: an out-of-body experience
Wine

Wine of the week: an out-of-body experience

This is one of the most grown-up and exacting Spanish white wines I have tasted in years, says Matthew Jukes.
25 Sep 2020

Most Popular

How will we repay our vast debt pile? Do we even need to?
Sponsored

How will we repay our vast debt pile? Do we even need to?

In his recent articles looking at different aspects of the fixed-income investing world, David Stevenson looked at inflation. Today he looks at a clos…
19 Oct 2020
The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm
Bitcoin

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm

The Bank of England could win the race to create a respectable digital currency if it moves quickly, says Matthew Lynn.
18 Oct 2020
Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020