2010 Rippon "Rippon - Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Darker color ruby with aromas of flowers, dark berries and minerals. Flinty. Full body, with chewy tannins and a seamless and polished finish. Very, very fine and structured. Better in 2015.
This red shows good depth and concentration to its flavors of black cherry and blackberry, featuring notes of star anise, slate and white pepper, with fine-grained tannins. The lengthy finish goes on and on. Drink now through 2025. (MW)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2010 Pinot Noir is scented of red currants, wild blueberries and black berries with hints of yeast extract, soy and cumin seeds. Medium-bodied and elegantly fruited in the mouth, it has a medium level of grainy tannins, refreshing acid and a long, earthy finish. Approachable now, it should continue to drink to 2017+. (LPB)
Wine & Spirits
Dark scents of cranberry and tar introduce this flamboyant vintage from Rippon, the result of a dry season with modest yields. It takes some time for the black fruit depths to fill in the structure of the wine, a merging of the sweet and soft with the tarry, building into a powerful balance. For grilled lamb.
A slightly shy nose with hints of black fruit. Lots of spice and tannin on the palate with multiple layers of fruit and a very delicate finish. Very impressive length with subtle floral notes. Drink 2014-2017.
Super ripe black fruit, creamy oak, dry tannins. Slight herbal character. Pretty compact - needs plenty of time. 17+/20 points (RH)
Rippon's "Rippon" Mature Vine Pinot Noir is what winemaker Nick Mills calls the "voice of the whole farm." The true expression of the site at Rippon on the edge of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago. This bottling incorporates the diverse and complex soil types and various aspects of the estate; from the ejection cone of pure schist that is "Tinker's Field" to the clay lens-laced schist and lake-tempered "Emma's Block" to the sometimes less talked about terminal moraines soils left from glaciers in millennia past. Most vines are mature (1970s) and own-rooted vitis vinifera. The vineyard is farmed Biodynamically in search of balance and harmony for the wines to bring forth the ultimate sense of place. This is not a wine for those looking for big obvious flavors and flashy winemaking styles. This is for those, who like myself, believe that wine should be a unique representation of its time and place. Those seeking a textural and even emotive experience that transcends taste alone. The wine eschews excessive fleshy, fruity characters in favor of subtlety and layered textural elements. It encapsulates high energy, vitality and luminosity in place high alcohol or high toast oak. This wine is truly the most complete expression of Nick's (and the team's) tireless pursuit of a real "vin de terroir." Enjoy! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)