2012 Emma's Block Pinot Noir Mature Vine Rippon Vineyards
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
Beautifully expressive and detailed aromas of cherry, strawberry and wild herbs, the palate is sleek and mobile with rich textured berry fruit, layered and mouth-filling, full of energy and vibrancy. Drinking range: 2016 - 2030 L&S (Oct 2016)
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Savory aromas of redcurrant, spices, cedar and wild herbs. Plush and nicely concentrated, conveying a faintly wild quality to its slightly liqueur-like red berry, spice and earth flavors. This fine-grained Pinot finishes with dusty tannins and good spicy persistence. A bit rustic in its flavor profile but has good material. Drinking range: 2016 - 2020 Rating: 87 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (May 2016)
Medium ruby purple colored, the 2012 Emma’s Block Pinot Noir has lovely red cherry, crushed raspberry and red currant notes with underlying hints of rose hip tea and lilacs. Medium bodied, elegant and with great finesse on the palate, it offers lovely silky tannins supporting the fruit through the long finish. Rating: 94-94 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Dec 2014)
Nick Mills returned home after several years away, working with the likes of Alain and Sophie Meunier at Domaine JJ Confuron, and Pascal Marchand (late of Domaine Comte Armand and now at Domaine de la Vougeraie). This experience with some of the leading players in Burgundy has fired him with enthusiasm, and we are already seeing the fruits of his experience in the changes in viticulture (to bio-dynamism) and the increased depth of mineral complexity in the wines.
Nick Mills on Biodynamics: 'Granted custodianship over this very special piece of land, the family's principle goal is to create vins de terroir, wines that are an accurate reflection of their surroundings. It is the micro-life in our soils which, in their ability to metabolise minerals into a form that vines can assimilate, are the link in between plants and the earth. This simple biology is the essential framework in producing a wine which is true to its soil and site. With this understanding comes an absolute respect for the land and life therein and it is for this reason that Rippon is run biodynamically.
Decisions made in the vineyard and winery first consider the effect the outcome may have on the micro-flora of the soils, vines & wines. Rippon does not use herbicides, fungicides, pesticides or soluble nitrogenous fertilisers on the property. All the property's organic waste matter is recycled to make around 40 tonnes of fungal dominant compost every year. This is spread back over the land during the first descending moon after harvest as an inoculation of beneficial micro-flora for the whole property...and thus starts a diverse and vital web of life on which to live and produce.
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