"Don't baulk at the light colour, it's healthy. The bouquet is perfumed, and the palate has plenty of complexity and varietal expression, a whole bunch component in the ferment providing savoury/foresty notes, but not obliterating the cherry and pomegranate fruit flavours."
95 Points, Wine Companion
"Riposte’s The Sabre Pinot Noir almost classifies as an anticipated release. Light in colour but stern with spice and tannin. Structured and accessible at once. Good release, no doubting it. Smoked cherries, graphite, woodsmoke and peppers. Juicy but serious. Recommended."
93 Points, The Wine Front
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.