Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2017
What distinguished Rippon from the plethora of other (Central Otago producers)? Essentially, they adhered to everything that I seek in Pinot Noir: not alcohol or even fruit intensity, but precision, delineation, harmony and nervosité. Pinot Noir should be like an atom, vibrating with tension until it comes into contact with your palate whereupon its nucleus of flavours, its nuances and its translation of terroir should be “unlocked”. Furthermore, it should not only tap into the sensory faculties. A truly great Pinot goes beyond that and forms a spiritual, profound experience and I think Rippon’s wines are just beginning to move into that phase. NEAL MARTIN, Vinous
These wines really open-up after a few years in bottle, developing gracefully into some of the longest living Pinots currently coming out of New Zealand. Though this estate may be somewhat under the mainstream radar, it comes highly recommended by me! LISA PEROTTI-BROWN, The Wine Advocate
If ever there was a producer that gave a tantalizing glimpse of what New Zealand Pinot Noir can achieve with mature vines i.e. over 20-years in age, then it is Rippon Vineyard… NEAL MARTIN, Vinous
These wines are seriously incredible with age. Ever tried one old? You should. Epic. One of the great producers of anywhere, with one of the greatest views over their wonderful site. But we know that. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front
Today we are very excited to bring you an offer on one of the greatest wines ever produced by what I regard as Central Otago’s premier estate, Rippon Vineyard. Buyers of Central Otago Pinot Noir, and probably just about anyone with a passion for compelling, age-worthy Pinot Noir, will know of Rippon and the their reputation for producing some of the finest, most age-worthy Pinot Noir in the new world.
Few winemakers in the antipodes can hold a torch to the resume of Nick Mills. He studied winemaking in Burgundy and worked with the likes of Nicolas Potel, Benjamin Leroux, JJ Confuron, Pascal Marchand and Aubert de Villaine (Domaine Romanee-Conti) in Burgundy and Albert Mann in Alsace. He has taken that experience and paired it with his deep knowledge of his family’s property in Wanaka to produce wines of immense stature and ageability that act as a wonderful conduit for this unique and special site.
While there are a number of producers in Central Otago that favour rich, extracted, oak dominant wines for which the region has, unfortunately in my opinion, become known. Those produced at Rippon are wonderfully pure, balanced and expressive and, at the risk of repeating myself yet again, age-worthy, in particular their Mature Vine Pinot Noir.
It is this wine which we are offering today on that back of a 99 point review from Nick Stock, a man who has tasted more than his fair share of Rippon in his time and has placed this wine up there with the now legendary 2010 release. For collectors and consumers of high-quality Pinot Noir this one is a no brainer. This is a wine that will stand the test of time and provide years of excitement out of the cellar.
Please note this is a pre-arrival offer with the wine expected to land early December.