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Rippon Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka 2008

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Picked by hand into small, 10kg cases allowing the fruit to arrive at the winery'ssorting table undamaged and intact. This wine represents many small parcels of different clones, vine ages, and micro-sites within a single Rippon Vineyard. They were picked and fermented separately in 10, 2-ton stainless steel fermenters. 15% whole cluster component. Each parcel is fermented and matured apart before blending. Thewinery's resident yeast population (non-inoculated) started fermenting on the 3rd-9th day of cuvaison. The ferments reached maximum temperatures of 29-34 degrees celcius and reached dryness at days 9-13.

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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
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RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Snooth User: Barberolo
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01/06/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: Luiz Cola
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 12/25/2010

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: JDR
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Vintage: 2004 03/12/2009

Just superb.


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Vintage: 2006 09/28/2010

Deep ruby, with a slightly lighter rim. The nose has a plethora of red and black fruits including raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, and black cherry. The fruit notes are balanced nicely by the complex earth and spice driven components like licorice... Alex Lallos. A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2006 Rippon Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago 750ml


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Vintage: 2006 06/01/2009

The stunning 2006 Pinot Noir is a realization of everything I suspect Rolfe dreamed of when planting the first vines in the early 1980�s. Using 20% whole clusters and matured for 18 months in 30% new French oak, this wine is distinguished by its spine-tingling tension and tautness on the palate. Its ethereal balance and intensity of fruit suggest this could easily age over 10+ years.


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Vintage: 2006 03/19/2009

The stunning 2006 Pinot Noir is a realization of everything I suspect Rolfe dreamt of when planting the first vines in the early 1980's. Using 20% whole clusters and matured for 18 months in 30% new French oak, this wine is distinguished by its spine... Robert Parker. A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2006 Rippon Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago 750ml


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Vintage: 2005 05/10/2010

A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2005 Rippon Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago 750ml



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Picked by hand into small, 10kg cases allowing the fruit to arrive at the winery'ssorting table undamaged and intact. This wine represents many small parcels of different clones, vine ages, and micro-sites within a single Rippon Vineyard. They were picked and fermented separately in 10, 2-ton stainless steel fermenters. 15% whole cluster component. Each parcel is fermented and matured apart before blending. Thewinery's resident yeast population (non-inoculated) started fermenting on the 3rd-9th day of cuvaison. The ferments reached maximum temperatures of 29-34 degrees celcius and reached dryness at days 9-13.

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Dietary Information: Biodynamic

1989 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 15 months in French Oak.

Notes: 30% new oak barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12.9% pH: 3.4

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