Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2008
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.
Editorial Reviews for Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir
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
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.
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
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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.
|Alcohol: 13%||pH: 3.6|
|Sugar: 2 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 8.8 grams per liter|
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