2017 Emma's Block Pinot Noir Mature Vine
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
|Other||Bio-dynamic, Practicing Organic|
A pure, seductive and unadulterated expression of Pinot, offering a mix of herbs including rosemary and thyme alongside red cherry fruit. A finely crafted wine that expands gently in the mouth but retains a transparency and sense of lightness on its feet. Complete and satisfying, with a lick of integrated cedar oak on the finish, where gentle, fine tannins provide tender grip. Excellent balance and a sense of calm and charm. A little more length wouldn't be unwelcome, just to take it into the realms of near-perfect. Drinking range: 2021 - 2031 Rating: 96 Rebecca Gibb MW - Vinous.com (Mar 2021)
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This east-facing block is unique, in that it has clay laced through the schist gravels and produces a slightly fleshier style of pinot. Aromas of spiced red and dark cherries, forest leaves, dark pepper, some oak spice and the savory, dry-stone notes of schist. The palate has very silky, smooth-honed texture and a long, focused run of fine tannin. Darker-cherry flavors sit fresh at the finish. Drink or hold. Rating: 96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2021)
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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