|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
Juicier than Emma's Block 2013 and with more obvious appeal. Fleshy and fun – though no bargain! Real throb on the persistent finish Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2017)
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We tasted this straight after being bowled over by a Volnay 1er Cru from Nicolas Rossignol (also reviewed) and we were, yes, bowled over by this, and not for the first time. It's wonderfully aromatic, with the sweet, floral perfume of old English roses and red cherries leading into a supremely elegant, multi-layered, silky textured palate. Exhilarating. Rating: 94 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com(Oct 2017)
Full medium red. Some exotic chocolate and mocha tones to the ripe dark fruit and spicy underbrush aromas. Rich, brooding and quite dry, with a strong element of soil-driven salinity currently enjoying the upper hand over the wine's dark fruit flavors. A distinctly masculine style of Pinot Noir whose slightly dry tannins call for patience. Will the fruit emerge with time? Drinking range: 2018 - 2022 Rating: 88+ Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(May 2016)
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 then 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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