Riposte, Stiletto, Pinot Gris, Adelaide Hills


The Stiletto glides gently along the palate with soft, rich cuts of nashi pear resolving in a final stab of spice and floral nuances. Supple mouth filling fruit leads to a finely honed finish of crisp acidity.


The grapes are from two vineyards, one near Lenswood and the other at Charleston in the Adelaide Hills. The vines in both were shoot thinned to give moderate crops and good fruit exposure to sunlight.


The fruit from both vineyards was harvested at night to take advantage of cool temperatures and gently pressed immediately on arrival at the winery. Pressings were separated and oxidized before fermentation in oak. Of the free run juice, 25% was fermented in French oak hogsheads and barriques (15% new) anda small percentage was put through malolactic. It was then blended with the fresh tank fermented portions to provide a balance of fruit and complexity


‘The Stiletto’ was popular as a concealed weapon much favoured by assassins in the 17th & 18th centuries.The stiletto is long and thin with a sharp point and a triangular or four sided blade. A stabbing, not a cutting weapon, it gives its name to the long thin heel on ladies’ shoes.


The dictionary definition of ‘Riposte’ (pronounced rip-posst) is comeback, reply, retort, or in the context of the sport of fencing a quick counter stroke. After over a decade of confusion about his name ‘Riposte’ was chosen as an appropriate name for a ‘comeback label’ by Tim Knappstein.


The Knappstein name has been involved in the wine business in South Australia since 1895.

Tim became a third generation vigneron when he commenced his career in the family company, Stanley Wines, making his first wine in 1966, after graduating from the Roseworthy College Oenology course.

During these years Tim amassed in excess of 500 show awards, including 120 gold medals and 24 trophies for the premium quality Leasingham range during a period when new technology was revolutionising both winemaking and the wines themselves.

Following the sale of the Stanley Wine Company in 1971, Tim developed his own vineyards at Clare and by 1976 had started his own wine company, Tim Knappstein Wines.

He became renowned for his no compromise approach to winemaking, producing style and quality standouts in a very competitive industry.

Always an innovator and pioneer, in 1978 he introduced ‘Fume Blanc’ to the Australian market and in 1980 botrytised Riesling made under controlled atmosphere.

In 1981 Tim was the first to plant a vineyard in the Lenswood area of the Adelaide Hills, where he still lives. He has since sold the vineyards and works with a range of dedicated growers within the region.

As the enormous potential of the Lenswood fruit emerged, the Tim Knappstein sold all his Clare interests in 1995 to concentrate solely on the fruit and wines from this exciting new viticulture region of the Adelaide Hills.

To the present day the accolades continue, with Tim having won awards for his Pinot Noir seven of the eleven times he has entered the Adelaide Hyatt Advertiser Wine Awards, plus consistently achieving gold medals for his Sabre Pinot Noir.

As chairman of judges at both the Cowra Wine Show and  National Cool Climate Wine Show in Bathurst, Tim continues to build his reputation as an expert in this field and enjoys the opportunity to see  a wide range of Australian cool climate wines.

Riposte, has enabled Tim to fully utilise his rich and accumulated knowledge from a decorated 45 years of winemaking, and his boundless enthusiasm to keep making exceptional well priced wine, from premium cool climate grapes of the Adelaide Hills.


Tim & his Son, Nick Knappstein