RIPPON WINES LANDING MAY 2018

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RIPPON GAMAY 2016
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294 BOTTLES FOR AUSTRALIA) 6 Pack
Lovingly grown, wild fermented, barrel matured. No nutrients, no filtering or fining of any kind, minimal sulphur; we offer you the Rippon Gamay.
It’s completely alive and quite beautiful. As much as we note that schist’s compression and foliated structure can issue wines of precision and detail, here schist’s refractive, luminous nature shines a direct, unadulterated light onto Gamay’s own primary fruit and spice.

RIPPON OSTEINER “HOTERE WHITE” 2017
Osteiner, a variety born of Riesling & Sylvaner, has had its roots in the schist laden soils of Rippon from the earliest days of planting.
Grown with great care and attention to detail, this is a unique wine with wide appeal.

RIPPON “RIPPON” MATURE VINE RIESLING 2015

 (336 BOTTLES FOR AUSTRALIA)
Foliated, layered and focussed; reflective of the schist laden soils from which it is issued.The Rippon Riesling was fermented by the property’s resident yeast population and remains for an extended period in contact with its primary lees. Ready now, but correct cellaring will be rewarded.
Extraordinary depth and weight really set this wine apart, as well as the way in which aromas of candied lime and lemon pickle, green melon, fresh almonds and pear pastry feed into a palate that has a very fluid, smooth and finally crystalline quality. A long, unfettered and full formed Riesling. 94 POINTS JAMES SUCKLING

   RIPPON “RIPPON” MATURE VINE PINOT NOIR 2014
(672 BOTTLES FOR AUSTRALIA)
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.
A minerally and savoury nose with dark stony aromas and deep set spices with dark plum and cherry fruit. There is an entrancing complexity and a graphite-like edge. The palate has a fleshy and supple texture with a fluid, even and deep feel to it. Very fresh deep plum and dark cherry flavours. Fleshy and very resolved. Detailed and long. Drink now and for some years to come. 94 POINTS JAMES SUCKLING

    RIPPON “TINKER’S FIELD” MATURE VINE PINOT NOIR 2014
 (144 BOTTLES FOR AUSTRALIA)
A unique parcel within Rippon, Tinker’s Field is a gentle, north facing slope formed by an ancient ejection cone of coarse schist gravels.
Tinker’s Field is home to the oldest vines on the property and is named after Rippon’s visionary founder, Rolfe Mills (Tink to his friends),
and the land that he had dreamed of farming since childhood. Form and feel: Layered, detailed, compressed power, precise, unforced masculinity.
A more spicy, more fragrant and more graphite-infused pinot noir that has impressive deep dark cherry and plum fruits that sit in a very pure,
fresh and powerful stance. The tannins are commanding – they clutch long and hold firm. The dark cherry and plum fruit flavours are striking – so long, fresh and pure. This is profound pinot noir. 98 POINTS JAMES SUCKLING
Emphatically one of the world’s great Pinot Noir producers. GARY WALSH “WINEFRONT”

RIPPON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016

Biodynamic. Actually pretty damn good! So much minerality here that I got a tingle down my spine. As if a granite spine. Marble. Cold and shards and sage and powdered tarragon and spring nettles in white pepper. Tingling tingling tingling. 17.5/20 Points Tamlyn Currin  JANCIS ROBINSON

RIPPON JEUNESSE YOUNG VINE RIESLING 2017

From one of the most beautiful vineyard sites in the galaxy. And one of the world’s great riesling producers. Bright and flavoursome, light and pristine in fruit character, a slick of sweetness with an arrow of limey-mineral-charged acidity through it. It’s wonderful, easy drinking, shows some quiet complexity, drives well through the mouth, leaves you feeling fresh and, unusually, sort of revitalised after each sip. Dangerously drinkable, indeed.  Rated : 93 Points  Mike Bennie WINEFRONT

RIPPON MATURE VINE RIESLING 2014

One of the great vineyards and wine producers of New Zealand, readily identified for soulful but perhaps idiosyncratic pinot noir (though that’s said with the full thrust of positivity), Rippon is often overlooked for just how special the riesling wines are. Indeed, some of the best matured riesling I have ever drunk have been from magnums of Rippon origin. Brilliant riesling, so young and fresh, bright with a burst of incredibly grapefruity acidity. It’s highly perfumed, tight and bustling with mixed citrus flavours, coursing with ‘mineral’-like feel. It’s so vibrant and so delicious. A hint of sweetness creeping in too, but not really, gotta look for it. So delicious.  Rated : 95 Points  Mike Bennie WINEFRONT