The acclaimed Riposte is the label of highly awarded vigneron Tim Knappstein. All his wines have fencing-inspired monikers, including this powerful Pinot Gris, named after the Stiletto, a stabbing weapon favoured by 17th and 18th century assassins!
In the glass it is medium straw. Floral lift on the nose. The palate Opens with an attractive ripe core of fruit flavours with layers of pear and custard apple. Powerful, juicy and soft
The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how the wine is clarified and a process called ‘fining’. All young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates, tannins and phenolics. These are all natural, and in no way harmful. Most wines, if left long enough, will self-stabilize and self-fine. However, traditionally producers have used a variety of aids called ‘fining agents’ to help the process along. Fining agents help precipitate out these haze-inducing molecules. Essentially, the fining agent acts like a magnet – attracting the molecules around it. Traditionally the most commonly used fining agents were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). These fining agents are known as processing aids. They are not additives to the wine, as they are precipitated out along with the haze molecules.
The case price of £59.7 includes a 10% discount off the RRP case price of £66.35. The selection is as follows:
Produced in the hills that extend east from Lake Garda and surround Verona. This bright pale yellow Pinot Grigio is fresh and dry with a well-balanced acidity. With a bouquet that is elegantly fruity with soft hints of pear. Always best served when it is well chilled and delicious as an aperitif or with fish dishes, white meat, and cheese.
Full Fat White is a blend of four different grapes, each contributing different elements to the wine: Pinot Grigio gives a zesty, citrus backbone, Arneis adds flavours of pear and grapefruit, Chardonnay loads on tropical fruit flavours and a drop of Moscatel adds aromatic floral notes.
After blending, the wine is then left for 4 months “sur lie” in stainless steel tanks. The resulting palate is luscious, with lemon curd and lime brulée flavours to the fore, undercut by thirst-quenching drinkability.
There’s a lot going on in this wine which means it a food friendly star favourite. It we were pushed to food match, we’d enjoy this one with a bucket load of seafood.
Pinot Grigio can sometimes have a bad reputation for being a flavourless choice. We searched everywhere for a perfect example of this classic wine and Le Magnolie’s vineyards at high altitude makes for its dry, crisp taste with a finely balanced acidity and heaps of flavour.