Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2020

Tasting Notes

Winery: Rippon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
SKU: RIPPIN2020 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Rippon Pinot Noir 2020



97 pts James Suckling Nov 2023
Extremely perfumed with a pretty ripeness and clarity, offering plums and al-dente strawberries. Some cantaloupe, too. It’s medium- to full-bodied with juicy fruit that’s lovely and open. You want to drink it now. And do. Crunchy yet velvety and caressing in the mouth-feel from the lovely, open tannins. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Best in a year or two, but right on.

93+ pts Wine Advocate Dec 2023
The 2020 Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir is restrained on the nose, with an earthy (i.e., of the earth, gray rocks, etc.) countenance that I find highly engaging. In the mouth, the fruit comes alive with cherry and cranberry, pomegranate pearls, graphite and pencil lead, layers of black tea, coal dust and brine. This is dark without being heavy or dense, and it’s very fine. The silty tannins linger through the finish and seem to settle on the palate, which is pleasurable. It’s fresh, and it’s restrained and composed. An exciting wine. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under Diam.

2020 is like a fresh, low metabolism year I would say,” says Nick Mills, owner/winemaker, with smaller yields and a cooler vintage. “The wines are like the farm voice. It’s a Steiner version of terroir, the farm individuality. We farm the land, which has its own individuality. The expression is something we can taste and feel,” explains Nick.

The vineyard was planted between 1982 and 2000. The wine was all estate fruit, handpicked, biodynamically farmed and micro-fermented, spending 14-28 days on skins using ambient wild ferments. It spent two winters in barrel—15% to 20% new in the first winter and completely neutral oak in the second winter. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it spent two years in bottle prior to release. 2023-2035

Winemaker Notes

The farm voice of a distinct parcel of land: Rippon. On the western board of Roy’s Bay, Lake Wanaka, Rippon’s north-facing escarpment forms the meeting point of terminal moraines and coarse gravels, all based in schist, on which some of the region’s earliest vines were planted. Rippon is a Wine issued from all of the fully developed Pinot Noir vines growing in this land.

Central Otago: the only continental climate in New Zealand viticulture with high ultra violet light, long sunshine hours and highly refractive soils.
Wanaka: a more temperate climate relative to the rest of Central Otago due to its close proximity to the dividing mountains of the Southern Alps.
Lake Wanaka: the temperance of this large thermal mass, coupled with the protective nature of Ruby Island further softens Rippon’s microclimate.
Schist: the metamorphic mother rock, rich in foliated mica and quartzite is deposited as glacial moraines, coarse-layered gravels, ancient lake-bed clays and wind-blown loess.

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