2016 'Emma's Block' Mature Vine Pinot Noir
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
|Other||Practicing Organic, Bio-dynamic|
(Lake Wanaka, Central Otago, 182 cases, 30% whole cluster, unfined and unfiltered, SRP $105, 13.5%). A reserved if distinctly floral black and red fruited nose is quite cool clearly still very young. There is good volume to the deliciously vibrant middle weight flavors that possess a lovely, even sleek, mouthfeel before concluding in a youthfully austere, compact and built-to-age finish. This is quite backward at present, but the balance is present such that the Emma’s should age effortless over at least the next decade and perhaps longer. Good stuff. Drinking range: 2028 - Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Oct 2020)
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From an east-facing block on the lake front, this has a chestnutty and salty note, cherry pits and bright red fruit, and there's gravel and earth in the mix too. Fine-grained tannins here, such lovely acidity, with a tension and tauness that gives that agile character. Rating: 93 Tom Cannavan, www.wine-pages.com (May 2020)
This shows a very spicy and attractively complex style on the nose with a wealth of dark stones and violets, as well as dark cherries. The palate has a succulent, vibrant and almost crisp feel to the tannins. There’s attractive firmness, but plenty of flesh below. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try from 2022. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 94 Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com (Oct 2019)
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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