Rippon Wine Review


Rippon Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago, New Zealand

Fresh, pure and supple with lovely balance. Silky but expressive with pure cherry and plum fruit. Real finesse here. 96/100

Rippon Pinot Noir 2011 Central Otago, New Zealand
Aromatic, expressive nose with red cherries and fine herbs. Very silky and juicy. Lively and linear with an expressive personality. Nice savoury twist. 94/100

Rippon Pinot Noir Mature Vines 2013 Central Otago, New Zealand
Very fine and expressive with a lovely savoury edge to the raspberry and red cherry fruit. Nice density here with structure and finesse, showing lovely potential for the future. 95/100

Rippon Emma’s Block Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago, New Zealand
This is an east facing block closer to the lake. It’s the softest environment at Rippon, with some clays in the soil. ‘Because of the clays you get a sleekness in the phenolics at the back of the palate,’ says Nick Mills. Fine, fresh red cherry fruit nose is very lively with a sappy, green edge and nice floral notes. The palate is fresh and elegant with nice acidity and a hint of green. It’s lovely. 96/100

Rippon Tinkers Field Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago, New Zealand
Floral and expressive with vivid bright red cherries and raspberries. Supple and pure with a bright expressive palate. So taut and fine with cherry fruit at its core. Good acid and structure. 95/100

Rippon Tinkers Bequest Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago, New Zealand
This has no adjustments, including no added SO2. Nick harvests CO2 from fermenting Gewurztrainer to keep air away from the bunches then as soon as this starts fermenting he carries out a typical Pinot fermentation. This is from a small parcel in Tinkers Field. Aromatic, floral and slightly savoury, gravelly edge to the red fruits. Tight and fresh with a vivid, grippy palate showing lively raspberry and red cherry fruit. 93/100

Rippon Riesling 2013 Central Otago, New Zealand
Beautifully aromatic and fresh with bright lemon, apple and pear notes. Linear with a lovely mineral core and some grip. 92/100

Rippon Gewurztraminer 2014 Central Otago, New Zealand
So aromatic and floral, but not overblown. Fresh, detailed palate is fine with lovely pear, ripe grapes, nuts and rose petal. Very interesting wine. 93/100

Wines tasted 02/16