2009 Rippon "Rippon" Mature Vine Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $60)
This is light ruby-red in colour with purple hues. Bouquet is very restrained, and subtle with dark red berry fruits. A fine-structured wine, this has elegant, juicy red fruit flavours at the heart of the palate. Fresh acidity, supple tannins, and some complexing savoury interest complete this wine which should develop well.
More concentration and oak than the Jeunesse but still a reasonably light and supple wine with appealing purity. Bright cherry, mineral and spicy oak flavours. Very poised Pinot Noir with cellaring potential.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Ruby-purple in color, the 2009 Pinot Noir has aromas of red cherries and red currants with some Mediterranean herbs, damp earth and black truffles. Medium bodied with silky tannins, it has well balanced medium-high acid and plenty of earthy berry flavors that linger long into the finish. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2017+. (91+) Nick Mills’ Rippon Pinots can appear a bit austere and taut when they’re young as he refuses to bow to the trend for earlier drinking styles and is unrelenting in his aim to produce terroir expressive wines built to age. These wines really open-up after a few years in bottle, developing gracefully into some of the longest living Pinots currently coming out of New Zealand. Though this estate may be somewhat under the mainstream radar, it comes highly recommended by me!
Delicate raspberry and strawberry notes are plush, with details of spice, cedar and cigar box. Touches of forest floor give this wine extra depth, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 1,325 cases made.
A delicate and fruity Pinot with strawberry and light cherry. Medium to full body, with fine tannins. Two winters in barrel with another six to eight months in bottle. 25% whole cluster fermentation. So delicious now. Elegant, sexy and subtle.