Friday, 14 July 2017


Rippon 'Tinker's Field' Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2014 Lake Wanaka Central Otago
Fantastic bouquet, complex, varietal, richly scented and alluring; dark cherry, plum and dark raspberry; mineral, earthy layer, loads of floral suggestions, oak spices and brown spices. On the palate - fragrant, exuberant, dark berry fruits, fresh crushed black cherry, dry; flavours reflect the nose; plenty of refreshing cool climate acidity, focused fine tannins, plenty of mineral and lengthy finish. A great example of fine wine. Drink from 2020 through 2035.
97 Points

Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2014 Lake Wanaka Central Otago
Fleshy, juicy, ripe and distinctive, the signature of Pinot Noir is ripe and strong, plum and plum skin, spice, dark cherry, plenty of fresh oak and oak spices, toasty wood tones, youthful and quite complex. On the palate - youthful, tense, warm and generous of fruit - plum and dark berry layers, plenty of acidity and firm youthful tannins with fine chalky texture, plenty of acidity, length and charm. Decant for service, best drinking 2019 through 2030.
94 Points

Rippon 2013 Lake Wanaka Central Otago
Focused, concentrated and distinctive with some power and charm, quite pure with aromas of red florals, dark cherry and wild red berry fruits; brown baking spices, toasty oak and a complexity that builds as the wine relaxes in the glass. On the palate - firm, fruity, youthful, dry and poised. Flavours reflect the bouquet; fine tannins, plenty of acidity, floral, lengthy and complex. Decant for service; best drink  late 2018 through 2030.
93 Points

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