2009 RIPPON Pinot Noir Mature Vine
|Grapes: Pinot Noir
||Origin: New Zealand, South Island
Lea & Sandeman review
Nick Mills does it again, and it would be difficult to find such a perfect and seductive expression of Pinot Noir almost anywhere else in the world. In the words of Matthew Jukes: 'If you want the world to move for you, drink Rippon'.
Other reviews and comments
Rippon is one of the most lauded names in New Zealand for pinot noir right now and as soon as you smell, never mind taste this wine you can see why. Made by Nick Mills, a one-time national level skier, it combines self-assurance, focus and composure with the pinot noir flair we all fall for. The roasted fruit Central Otago hallmark is there, but it's not overbearing. Superb.
Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph
Aromas of red cherries and red currants with some Mediterranean herbs, damp earth and black truffles. Medium bodied with silky tannins, it has well balanced medium-high acid and plenty of earthy berry flavours that linger long into the finish...Though this estate may be somewhat under the radar, it comes highly recommended by me!
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com
This is one of those blow-away Pinots that reminds you just how serious NZ Pinot Noir can be. Headily scented with aromas of roast tomatoes, beetroot and even a savoury salty whiff of soy sauce. The palate is confident and rich, yet it still has the unmistakable prettiness of Pinot too thanks to the vibrant red fruit which follows on to a sophisticated earthiness on the long finish. This is a hugely inviting wine that’s a joy to drink, even at this price!
Jane Parkinson, www.janeparkinson.com
Rose petals and sweet red berries with a touch of smokiness; ultra silky tannins; long, sleek and polished. Superb, complex pinot from this long-established and biodynamic estate.
Drink over the next five years. 13.5% abv.
This wine purrs like a contented cat – as we did (we hope equally metaphorically) when we tasted it. It has rose petal and red fruit sweetness and perfume, a hint of smokiness and barely perceptible tannins (but they're there alright). The finish is long and sleek with the promise, for those who are patient, of more to come.