Rippon 'Mature Vine' Pinot Noir

6 + $90.00 each
12 + $83.50 each
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Pinot Noir






New Zealand


Central Otago


The gist of the Rippon Rippon pinot is to get a handle on the magnificent vineyard site overall – all the parcels of older vines in chorus, in this wine. Interesting thing with these 2019s is how stiff and stoic they are on first opening. They either need a huge decant if drinking now, or better, cellar time to show their mettle. Vin de garde release. I tasted this over four days, and had a look on day seven too. Rare practice.

This is sinewy and firm, dark fruited, lashed with brined black olive savouriness and stippled with dried, Italianate herbal character and a sooty spice note. Perfume and palate in accord. Fine ribbons of tannin tighten the wine, there’s an emery board feel to it all and yet a juiciness lays underneath, a succulent core of briny acidity reaching long through the wine and refreshing with each sip. It’s quite beautiful in its lean and muscular way. Time, please.

94+ Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front