2001 Rippon Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago

SKU #1139397

Rippon Vineyard recently celebrated 30 years of producing wine and 100 years of farming the land. The vines grow in complex schist soils; they are un-grafted and have been farmed organically since planting. These wines rival any in the world regardless of price point. I have tasted numerous bottles at 20+ years in age and have concluded that they are great investments for the cellar. The 2001 is perfectly evolved. The tannis have melted away leaving a femenine elegant wine that is silky and supple. The flavors are just starting to show some secondary bottle age savory nuances but plenty of primary fruit remains. Spectacular 12 year old Pinot Noir at a song! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L New Zealand specialist).

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2013 | Send Email
I did the old and rare buying here at K&L for a year and a half, and if I learned one thing, it is that people don't sell their mature Pinot Noir. They will sell their Napa Cabernet, and their Bordeaux, but very rarely the well aged Pinot Noir. Luckily for us, Rippon has done the ageing for us by holding back the stock and selling it now at a very reasonable price. This wine was the star of the New Zealand staff tasting that we just did on Tuesday with its pale, real Pinot ruby color, savory chanterelle aroma and intriguing leather and Rainier cherry flavor. This long finishing wine is sure to impress... Spoil yourself with one!
Drink from 2013 to 2021

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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.