2010 Rippon "Emma's Block" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago
Dense and moderately austere Pinot Noir with a great texture. Firmly structured wine with tannins restraining impressively complex flavours. Powerful wine with length.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.