Rippon 'Rippon' Pinot Noir 2019 (Central Otago, New Zealand)


"The farm voice of a distinct parcel of land: Rippon. On the western board of Roy’s Bay, Lake Wanaka, Rippon’s north-facing escarpment forms the meeting point of terminal moraines and coarse gravels, all based in schist, on which some of the region’s earliest vines were planted. Rippon is a Wine issued from all of the fully developed Pinot Noir vines growing in this land." - Winery Notes

Just released in Australia (July 2022) and what a wonder it is. Rippon Pinot Noir has always been good, especially the single vineyard Emma's Block and Tinker's Field versions, but having recently tasted the range of vintage 2019 releases I was most enamoured by the Rippon 'Rippon' Pinot Noir (formerly called Mature Vine).

The wine was lifted and generous on the nose with jubey red fruits, plenty of cherry compote notes and a wide smattering of rhubarb and redcurrants as well. The intense aromas boded very well indeed. Pure and driving on the palate with an initial plush richness crashing like a Bondi swell into softer savoury notes winged by fresh acidity and finishing with fine tannins and dryness. Sweet and juicy, lip smacking, cheek puckering and mouthwatering Pinot Noir. 

The Emma's and Tinker's were also excellent examples of Rippon's Otago pedigree and I highly encourage you to try them but, for value and generosity, the Rippon Rippon is a ripping wine. Don't miss it.

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