RIPPON PINOT NOIR CENTRAL OTAGO EMMA’S BLOCK 2016
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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. JamesSuckling.Com
Rippon Emma’s Block Pinot Noir 2016
Posted on 26 April 2020.
WINEFRONT BY MIKE BENNIE
Not the cheeriest of songs from soul band Hot Chocolate, but ‘Emma’ sure is a toe-tapper. Here it’s a block of vines that contribute to this wine.
This took a while to come around but it sure is gorgeous once it finds its groove. There’s a fair bit of mocha-peanut shell seasoning through the fruit but there’s distinct, dark, brooding fruit character that comes through with authority. This is as big and bold as I’ve seen Rippon wines (across the 2016 fancy releases). Tannins ripple silty and charry, the wine finishes long and with pucker and cool acidity flowing. It’s a feature length kind of deal here. Perhaps a side step for Rippon but a complex wine of presence emerges.
Rated : 94 Points