2017 Rippon "Rippon" Mature Vine Pinot Noir

Massive 99/100 from Global critic James Suckling... who gave NZ Pinot Noir’s only perfect 100/100 rating to the 2010 vintage Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir.

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Further Information

Brand Rippon Vineyard
Region Central Otago
Varietal Pinot Noir
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 13.5%
Vintage 2017
Country New Zealand

Description

We've been privileged to try long verticals of this Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir right back to 1991 and have witnessed this wine's remarkable ability to develop over time. This 2017 vintage is both enigmatic and charming in its youth... it’s initially reticent aromatics blossom into something special as it sits in the glass. Deep and very concentrated with signature tannin structure that comes from the interaction of the roots with the schist soils, this is a classic Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir... its combination of purity, elegance, subtlety and minerality are a nod to its bio-dynamic environment. A cellar tasting of 2010 Rippon Mature Vine Pinot last year by James Suckling drew NZ’s first and only ever perfect 100/100 international rating. James has followed up with a massive 99/100 on this 2017 vintage... if he rates it again from the cellars as a 10-year old Pinot... he is bound to repeat that elusive perfect score.

Smells

Complex and delicate aromas of cherry, subtle vanilla, savoury cured meats, nutty oak and gentle rose florals.

Tastes

Juicy and immediately charming with its pristine cherry fruits and subtle savoury complexities. Mid palate the very fine-grained tannin structure kicks in quickly to remind you this is serious Pinot Noir. Herb-infused and delicately expressive, the slatey mineral character that defines Rippon’s terroir is a standout feature. Still very restrained upon release... such is the balance it drinks amazingly well in its youth and exhibits all the hallmarks of the 100/100 2010 Rippon Mature Vine. All that's left now to do is wait until 2027 and drink through 2037+. Double decant if drinking now... don’t leave to long exposed to air so to enjoy its amazingly pure aromatics.

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