2019 Gewurztraminer

Grapes Gewurztraminer
Colour White
Origin New Zealand, South Island
Other Bio-dynamic, Organic
ABV 13.5%

This is a beautifully judged Gewurztraminer, with the fragrant joy of honeysuckle, roses, ginger and lychee. In the mouth the wine has weight and a depth of fleshy lychee, Asian pear, rose water and honey. The acidity is nicely done to balance the richness of the wine, giving the wine great drinkability. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 L&S (Jan 2021)

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This reined-in Gewürztraminer offers a medley of fruit flavors and rose petals. While there's the merest hint of sweetness (8g/L) adding some flesh to the midpalate, the bright acidity keeps proceedings clean and dry. An attractive, mouth-coating framework of phenolics and acidity provides a precise, textured finish. If there were more Gewürztraminer made like this, the world would drink a whole lot more of it. Drinking range: 2020 - 2022 Rating: 91 Rebecca Gibb MW - 2020)


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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