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Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2008

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Picked by hand into small, 10kg cases allowing the fruit to arrive at the winery’s sorting table undamaged and intact. This wine represents many small parcels of different clones, vine ages and micro-sites within a single Vineyard: Rippon. They were picked and fermented separately in 16, 2-tonne stainless-steel fermenters. 27% whole cluster component. Each parcel is fermented and matured apart before blending. The winery’s resident yeast population (non-inoculated) started fermenting on the 6th-9th day of cuvaison. The ferments reached maximum temperatures of 29-32° Celsius. : 1 months of new (30%) to 4 year old French oak barrels. The malolactic fermentation went through unaided (non-inoculated) in springtime; it was then racked back into barrel and allowed a second winter in barrel before being run directly into bottle without filtering or fining.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Rippon Vineyard Ltd:
In 1974, Lois and the late Rolfe Mills moved back to the family farm in Wanaka. Acting largely on a hunch born in the schist slopes of the Douro Valley many years earlier, they planted a few short rows of experimental vines on a small steep bank above their house. Despite the mostly negative opinions of the viticultural experts of the time, the climate data that Rolfe collected was encouragemen... Read more
In 1974, Lois and the late Rolfe Mills moved back to the family farm in Wanaka. Acting largely on a hunch born in the schist slopes of the Douro Valley many years earlier, they planted a few short rows of experimental vines on a small steep bank above their house. Despite the mostly negative opinions of the viticultural experts of the time, the climate data that Rolfe collected was encouragement enough for them to plant their first commercial vineyard block in 1982. The growing belief they had in the site’s potential to produce fine wine was soon to be realised. There were many years of monitoring weather patterns, sugar levels and different grape varieties that could be suitable to the area. Through many years of empirical and scientific observation, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer & Sauvignon Blanc quickly came to the fore as the varieties which are most suited to the Rippon site. We also enjoy working with Gamay and Osteiner, from which we make lighter style summer wines. Some of the varieties which we have worked with, but have been replaced are Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Muller Thurgau, Breidecker, Chardonnay... The total area under vines is now 15 hectares with the majority of plantings in Pinot Noir and Riesling. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,727
4.50 5
04/15/2010

This has a great nose that features candied raspberry tones, rainwater and seashell minerality and wonderfully complex vegetal and floral tones. On the palate there is wonderful transparency with an intensity to the slightly stemmy and beetroot-toned fruit that is edged with gentle sassafras tones that belie the wine's real weight. The core of amarena cherry fruit is light on its feet, and this wine appears neither large-scaled nor soft, yet fills the mouth and possesses just the right amount of tannin and bitterness to keep this vibrant in the mouth. The finish is long and complex. A really fine effort. 93pts


External Reviews for Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

This is about as close to Burgundy as New Zealand can get. Delicate yet fragrant aromas of crushed berry sandalwood sweet earth and new leather weave in and out of the glass while teasing with more concentrated dark fruit underneath. The wine s exquisite balance between elegance and intensity also appears on the palate where the flavors are pure and intense with appropriate acids leaving a light and fresh presence on the finish. Cellaring will allow the packed-in flavors to unfurl and this focused and pristine wine from Rippon will continue to be a revelation. Chuck Hayward.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/13/2011

Dense, silken-textured wine with gobs of sweet fruit and subtle spice flavours. Quite pure and reasonably long but not showing great complexity. Highly drinkable. Central Otago. Bob Campbell, MW. A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2008 Rippon Pinot Noir Mature Vine 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/25/2011

A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2008 Rippon Pinot Noir Mature Vine 750ml



Tasting Notes:

Full yielding, beautiful summer, great team; an outstanding vintage. Fluid, superfine, flatteur. Following 2007’s chunk and compression, these have genuine glide, the French would call it la sève - sap, but not sappy, with juice but necessarily juicy. It’s flow; contiguous tannins with all spaces in between filled with liquid vinosity. With correct cellaring they’ll benefit from at least a decade in bottle.

Picked by hand into small, 10kg cases allowing the fruit to arrive at the winery’s sorting table undamaged and intact. This wine represents many small parcels of different clones, vine ages and micro-sites within a single Vineyard: Rippon. They were picked and fermented separately in 16, 2-tonne stainless-steel fermenters. 27% whole cluster component. Each parcel is fermented and matured apart before blending. The winery’s resident yeast population (non-inoculated) started fermenting on the 6th-9th day of cuvaison. The ferments reached maximum temperatures of 29-32° Celsius. : 1 months of new (30%) to 4 year old French oak barrels. The malolactic fermentation went through unaided (non-inoculated) in springtime; it was then racked back into barrel and allowed a second winter in barrel before being run directly into bottle without filtering or fining.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13% pH: 3.6
Sugar: 2 grams per liter Total Acidity: 8.8 grams per liter

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