Rippon “Rippon” Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2010

$152.00 inc. GST


 Limited Cellar Release! 


“For those who follow New Zealand wine closely, this 2010 Rippon re-release is an important moment in the story of New Zealand pinot noir and the nation’s wines in general. The fact that a nine-year-old pinot has outperformed all others to take the top honors in this report, and not a seductive young pinot or syrah, merits further investigation. This is not something we have seen before.” – Nick Stock, James Suckling, October 2019

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Picked by hand into small, 10kg cases allowing the fruit to arrive at the winery’s sorting table undamaged and intact. This wine represents many small parcels of different clones, vine ages and micro-sites within a single vineyard.  22% whole cluster component. Each parcel is fermented and matured apart before blending.  12 months of new (24%) to 4 year old French oak barrels. The malolactic fermentation went through unaided (non-inoculated) in springtime; it was then racked back into barrel and allowed a second winter in barrel before being run directly into bottle without filtering or fining.


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. Certified Biodynamic.

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Reviews / Awards / Ratings

100 Points, James Suckling. October 2019 – Cellar Release.

“Very fine and expressive with a lovely savoury edge to the raspberry and red cherry fruit. Nice density here with structure and finesse, showing lovely potential for the future.” – 95 Points, Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.

“Shows wonderful depth and concentration to the black cherry and blackberry flavours, with star anise, slate and white pepper notes, delivering fine-grained tannins and a finish that goes on and on.” – 92 Points, Wine Spectator Online.

“This biodynamically farmed wine estate in New Zealand’s Central Otago region not only produces great Pinot Noirs, but it could also be one of the most beautiful wine estates in the world. With a vineyard that sits against a lake, backed by mountains and clear skies, five generations of the same family have turned it into one of the best producers in the region. This has such freshness, at between nine and 10 years of age. It delivers a very rich, bluefruit core with spiced earth and light, leathery nuances. The palate has composed and compact tannins and a slinky and rich, powerful array of blueberries and a long, juicy, succulent and vibrant finish. Shows just how well Rippon pinots age. This is just getting started! From biodynamically grown grapes. Maturation release. Drink or hold.”_ Score: 100 JAMES SUCKLING – PRESTIGE REPORT THE 10 BEST WINES OF 2019.