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The Cutlass Shiraz

2015 Vintage “James Halliday Wine Companion - Tim Knappstein has had a lifetime of practice, and his wines continue to reflect both his technical skills across a range of varieties and his abiding belief in reflecting terroir. This wine starts with dark cherry before moving into spiced dark plum fruit with an oompapah beat of ripe tannins. 95 Points”. 2014 Vintage “James Halliday Wine Companion - Has retained a bright crimson-purple hue; a lively medium-bodied wine with savoury/spicy/pepper overtones to its bedrock of plummy fruit. Good to go, but will...

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Riposte Wines 2017: Take a fresh look at a proven cool climate champion

A decade since celebrated winemaker Tim Knappstein made an important statement by launching Riposte Wines, the respected cool climate wine brand commences a fresh era with the release of striking new packaging. Cleaner lines and bold, confident graphics are hallmarks of the re-designed brand and wine bottle labels. It signals that Riposte is entering an exciting new phase, ready to harness new possibility in international wine markets. For those already familiar with Riposte Wines, it’s worth looking at the brand afresh, because the wines have improved along with the packaging....

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The Sabre Pinot Noir

2015 Vintage James Halliday Wine Companion - A sabre, it seems, can cleave a pinot that is alive with a fragrant red flower (roses) perfumed bouquet and a juicy/spicy palate that welcomes all who draw near. Relaxed, silky tannins and a quick kiss on the cheek by the oak, complete a wine that is ready now (but with more to come). 95 Points” Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – 91 Points Toni Patterson MW – “There is no mistaking the variety here. Wafting strawberry and cherry aromatics with a...

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