Rippon Riesling 2019
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Intense, rich, lime citrus core with a distinctive aromas of wild flowers & stone fruits. This Riesling is expressive of its site with a mineral intensity & a subtle sweet finish.
Often regarded as the most photographed vineyard in the world, ‘Rippon’ is a picture perfect site located in Wanaka, New Zealand. Founded by the Mill’s family in 1982, ‘Rippon’ runs down to the shores of Lake Wanaka and the stunning mountain ranges beyond and are the source of arguably the most beautiful wines New Zealand has to offer.
Founded by Lois Mills originally, the vineyard and site next to Lake Wanaka has actually been looked after by the Mills family for over a hundred years, with ownership being taken over by each successive generation. When Son Nick Mills took over full control from his mother, he decided to convert the entire fifteen hectares to full biodynamic viticulture. His extensive experiences in Burgundy taught him that Biodynamic farming and no irrigation help the vines drive energy into its seed and create a real sense of terroir – more than just being a grape varietal in a glass. This is why Rippon wines are often regarded as being in a league of their own from other Central Otago and New Zealand wines.
The outstanding range from ‘Rippon’ include their Sauvignon Blanc – a style that boasts gooseberry & lime aromas with a lean, vibrant and textural mouthfeel. Complex, dry and mineral finish. The Riesling is expressive, bright and intensely peach and lime driven. The Rippon Pinot Noir is a house favourite here with a voluptuous texture, light tannins and outstanding complexity.
Found at the extreme limits of winemaking, Central Otago is found at 44° and 45° south and is home to some of the most southerly vineyards the world has to offer. Boasting breathtaking landscapes and an extreme climate, the local economy has garnered global recognition for its merino wool. However, over the previous decade, the majority of land has been shifted away from pasture, to being under vine. In 1996 Otago only had 11 vineyards, while today the region has a legion over 100 strong. The incredibly balanced styles of wine that flow from the region aren’t something to be missed, with Central Otago being the first in the world to challenge Burgundy’s production of Pinot Noir.
Central Otago’s four primary sub-regions are Wanaka, Gibbston, Bannockburn and Alexandra. While all are situated relatively close together and each has the same stony free-draining soil base, their full profiles vary immensely, but are glacially derived and have rich deposits of mica and schist making it ideal for the production of Pinot Noir, which just happens to be 80% of the production there. The excellent drainage helps retain mineral richness whilst temperatures can vary from 30degrees during ripening days to only 8degrees overnight, this swift shift allows the grape ripening process to stop more suddenly overnight, thus retaining all the wonderful natural acidity and fruit concentration this region can offer, to us this provides Central Otago with an intensely fruit-forward character no other region of New Zealand can replicate. Autumn frosts are a risk here too, so it’s just as well the growers down here have their wits about them…