2008 Rippon "Mature Vines" Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand

SKU #1064642 94 points Wine & Spirits

 Nick Mills has tuned his vines to the cool elevations of Wanaka, working through natural viticulture and winemaking to produce this explosively schisty Pinot Noir, a Central Otago classic. The wine's earthy power is checked by layers of red fruit and scents of rhubarb and rose, sustaining a remarkable balance of sweet fruit and racy acidity. The flavors last, encouraged by long exposure to air, promising years of development ahead.  (2/ 2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Delivers lovely aromatics, with sandalwood, Asian spice, white pepper, crushed stone and dried floral notes. The details continue on, offering strawberry, cherry and a terrific balance between tannins and acidity, keeping the flavors fresh and lively. Drink now through 2020.  (12/ 2010)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale ruby purple colored, the 2008 Pinot Noir gives earthy red cherry and red currant fruit aromas with some moss and forest floor. The palate is seamlessly crafted with a medium body, medium-high acid, medium level of grainy tannins and a long finish. Drink it 2011 to 2015.  (10/ 2010)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2012  | Send Email
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Absolutely Stunning! I had the pleasure of visiting Rippon in Wanaka Central Otago last year and it was a tasting I'll never forget. This estate shows perfectly how NZ can produce truly WORLD CLASS PINOT. The land has been owned by the family for 100 years, the vineyard has been planted 30yrs this year. Organic since the beginning, biodynamic since 2002, all the vines are planted on Vitis Vinifera (own) root stock. These are truly excellent wines, perfumed, great fruit, balance, elegance and complexity. I recently had the 2003, it is ageing beautifully. Nick Mills (the winemaker) said some of the wines from the 90's are fantastic. Buy some, try some and cellar some!
Drink from 2012 to 2025

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/25/2011  | Send Email
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This premium wine is an expression of biodynamic, select parcels of different clones and vine ages from the auspicious 2008 vintage, individually fermented and matured for 15 months in new and used French oak, resulted in a silken, perfumed, ruby-hued Pinot Noir of luxurious depth and vinosity, tinged with savory wild strawberry, plums, violets and earth, a compelling, ethereal wine with immaculate structure, capable of aging a decade or more.

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13
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