2011 Rippon Osteiner Central Otago

SKU #1148173

Obscure varietal alert: Proving that the Central Otago region can also produce delicately-scented, textural white wines, Rippon became enamored of this rare and lustrous varietal, the robust, thick-skinned Osteiner grape, a vivacious, flirtatious hybrid of Riesling and Sylvaner created in 1928. Planted on schist-laden soils in 1994, the generous fruit was hand-picked and sorted, gravity-run and racked into tank with its fine lees intact. Obscure and refreshing--just don't brown-bag it for a guess-the-varietal contest with your oenophile friends. So unfair.

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- 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.
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