2009 Rippon "Rippon" Mature Vine Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1148172 92 points Raymond Chan

 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.

91 points Bob Campbell

 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.

91 points 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!

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.

90 points James Suckling

 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.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5