Crafted in the Adelaide Hills, The Dagger is a cool climate Pinot that marries thoroughly pleasurable drinking with extraordinary value. It is made with an early drinking window in mind, it’s an accessible, enjoyable drop.
The Dagger is made from grapes harvested from two sites in the Adelaide Hills. It has seen no oak. Redolent with dark red fruit, it features bright acidity and fine tannins. Easily one of Australia’s best value Pinot Noirs, The Dagger is a red you will return to again and again. Buy it by the case.
"Here we go again.
This is fantastic buying. Such good drinking at a snip of a price. Cherry-plum, redcurrant, sweet oak, throws of spice. Its appeal is obvious and immediate. Tannin is gum-smooth; it continues the uncomplicated theme. Varietal character served easy as you like."
91 points, The Wine Front (January 2019)
"Medium to full red/purple colour, with a sweet cherry and strawberry aroma, fruit-driven and straightforward. The palate is soft and fruit-sweet, charming and deliciously fruity. The tannins are light and soft, the wine very easygoing. A really lovely early-drinking wine, with good pinosity and early drinking properties as well as enough structure and intensity to take some age well. This is great value for money."
91 points, The Real Review (March 2019)
"Bright, intense, red cherry aromatics. Good aromatic energy. Excellent palate weight and depth."
91 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
"A very well handled Adelaide Hills pinot, its price reflecting a marketplace that is at present stocked with lots of high quality wines selling below their true value. Unless political/trade blocks derail the situation, China's thirst may cause price rises of magnitude."
91 points, Wine Companion (September 2018)
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.