2018 'Rippon' Mature Vine Riesling
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
Nick Mills' Riesling is a thing of beauty to behold and a must for any Riesling lover. As stated on the label, these are mature vines, whose roots have permeated the schiste rock under the vineyard. The intensity of the palate is almost akin to a dessert wine, but the wine is ultimately still fresh with a clean dry finish. Awesome as the centre point of your evening, a conversation stopping aperitif, or supped with reverence in a contemplative arm chair. Organic. L&S (Sep 2019)
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A warmer season has delivered much in the way of texture and flavor here. The concentration is really striking. Very fragrant with mouthwatering aromas of fresh and ripe lemons, light pastry-like, savory nuances and impressive, stony, flinty notes. The palate has a smooth, sleek and succulent feel. The weight and freshness here is staggering. Refined, long and piercing, the lemon and grapefruit flavors carry so fresh. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Rating: 96-96 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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