Tim Knappstein would be a household name for any wine consumer who has looked into the history of Australian wine. There is a long story as to how Tim ended up with his Riposte label - other than saying that he is still at the forefront producing world class wines. His choice to move to the Adelaide Hills has been validated by the quality of the wines he produces. We have just received the latest wines from Tim including the Riposte 2013 Sabre Pinot Noir, 2013 Dagger Pinot Noir. Both these wines are excellent examples of cool climate Pinot Noir, the Sabre is his top of the range Pinot Noir which would enhance any wine list that is serious about interesting and diverse styles of Pinot Noir. The Dagger Pinot Noir is better than an “entry level” style with refreshing Pinot Noir fruit and matches a wide range of modern Australian cuisine. Tim’s aromatic and floral styles include the Scimitar Riesling, Rapier Traminer, Stiletto Pinot Gris and Foil Sauvignon Blanc. As you would know Tim has an enviable reputation for producing Riesling from the Clare Valley but he has certainly raised the bar with not only his Riesling from the Adelaide Hills.

2013 Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon WINS

The 2013 Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded the Best Australian Red Bordeaux Varietal over £15 at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards with a Regional Trophy.

Wine Reviews. November 2012 Edition

2011 Stella Bella Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

  • Gold Medal – 2012 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • Silver Medal – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Silver Medal – 2012 International Wine Challenge
  • Silver Medal – 2012 International Wine & Spirit Comp
  • 92 Points – James Halliday.

“In typical Stella Bella fashion, has more complexity and weight than many of its peers, the somewhat riper fruit allowing it to present characters such as custard apple and stone fruits as well as the more frequently encountered citrus and gooseberry; all this comes about thanks to slightly riper fruit, but without the loss of cleansing acidity on the finish.” James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition.

“Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blancs usually adhere to a safe formula but this is different. Subdued complexity is the thing – nectarine notes, a herbal thread and a savouriness mark the nose and palate. It’s mellow with good structure, followed by a long signature.” ****½ Ralph Kyte-Powell “Uncorked”, The Age, 18/9/12

NV Josef Chromy Pepik Sparkling Sekt

“A new release style of bubbly from Josef Chromy., this is a fresh, lively and downright delicious effort from Jeremy Dineen and his fellow winemakers. Based on the German sparkling wines Chromy enjoyed in his youth, this is made from Riesling grapes and is an easy-drinking style full of the joys of spring, that is bright and lively, uncomplicated and perfect for al fresco enjoyment.” Winsor Dobbin – Sunday Examiner, 28/10/12

2012 Freycinet Riesling

“The consistent quality of wines from Claudio Radenti and his team at Freycinet is quite remarkable. The Freycinet Rieslings, particularly, have been recent standouts with lovely freshness and purity. This is as good as anything you’d find from the Clare or Eden Valleys at the same price; delightfully floral on the nose with zesty lemon and lime notes on the palate and some refreshing flinty acidity on the finish. Pair it with flathead fillets.” Winsor Dobbin – Sunday Examiner, 28/10/12

Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2012

We were extremely pleased to receive the news that the 2011 Best’s Bin 1 Shiraz was announced the 2012 winner of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show JC Watson Memorial Trophy several weeks ago. The “Jimmy Watson” is the country’s best known individual wine award with its prestigious line up of judges awarding the trophy to the best one or two year old red wine. This is the first time a Victorian wine has won the Jimmy Watson since 1997 and the first time a wine from Great Western has won since the 1964 Seppelt Great Western Shiraz won in 1965. The wine also won the Best Victorian Wine trophy and the inaugural Trevor Mast trophy for Best Shiraz in show, a new award named in honour of the late, great Grampians winemaker.

We were also pleased to receive the news that the 2011 Hanging Rock Shiraz also picked up a “gong” at the same Melbourne wine show, being awarded the top gold medal in The Single Vineyard Class. It was reported that the two Shiraz wines, the 2011 Bests Bin 1 Shiraz and the 2011 Hanging Rock Shiraz had a tight battle before the winning wine was selected.