2010 Rippon "Emma's Block" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago

SKU #1132695 93 points Bob Campbell

 Dense and moderately austere Pinot Noir with a great texture. Firmly structured wine with tannins restraining impressively complex flavours. Powerful wine with length.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep ruby-purple colored, the 2010 Emma’s Block Pinot Noir offers notes of ripe black rasps, blackberries and black pepper, with an earthy undercurrent and a touch of Provence herbs. The medium-bodied palate is tightly knit at this youthful stage, offering a good amount of berry and dried herb flavors supported by a medium level of very fine tannins, crisp acid and a sustained finish. Consider drinking it 2013-2018+. (92+, LPB)  (10/2012)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Nick Mills farms his family’s vineyard in Rippon under biodynamics, selecting this older vine block by Lake Wanaka for bottling on its own. Grown on a mix of clay and schist gravels, this is a powerfully structured wine with earthen umami depths of flavor. There’s some strawberry ripeness beneath all that mushroom and earth, needing several years in bottle to come to the fore.  (10/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (like the Tinker's Field pinot, this wine spent 17 months in oak): Dark, deep red, less bright than the Tinker's Field. Nose dominated by smoke, earth and underbrush. Suave in the mouth but less fat and powerful than the Tinker's Field, and initially less fruity too. But this pinot ultimately conveys more energy and a lighter touch, and its underlying red fruit flavors emerged nicely with aeration. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins.  (10/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Detailed and aromatic, with white pepper, black pepper and floral notes set on a firm body. Delivers plenty of red fruit flavors, showing loam and forest floor accents. Drink now through 2022. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

From a tiny single parcel of vines that sit right on the shores of Lake Wanaka. The vines here grown in a unique soil composed of layers of schist gravels and clay that were deposited as the lake settled over millennia. I generally find that this particular site shows the most exotic characters of Rippon. The texture is broader on the mid palate and the tannins are soft and silky. A beautiful wine show both exuberance and restraint. One of NZ's finest Pinots.

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2013 | Send Email
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Wonderful wine- great vintage- renowned producer. This new zealand beauty is a sharp pinot with a long finish, loaded with earthy notes of dust and black fruit. This will age gracefully in your cellar for years to come- definitely one of new zealand's best.
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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.