2010 Rippon "Rippon - Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)

SKU #1175809 93 points James Suckling

 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.  (12/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (6/2014)

91 points 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)  (10/2012)

90 points 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.  (12/2015)


 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.  (12/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Super ripe black fruit, creamy oak, dry tannins. Slight herbal character. Pretty compact - needs plenty of time. 17+/20 points (RH)  (3/2014)

K&L Notes

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)

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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 (%): 14