Biodynamic viticulture, an attitude of ‘custodianship’, mature vines, unfiltered and unfined wines, love and integrity at every turn… and my how it shows. Rippon Pinots from Wanaka in Central Otago thoroughly deserve their inclusion in The P Spot.
Having tasted the 2005 Rippon Pinot in Queenstown earlier this year and thought it to be the highlight of the grand tasting session it was a disappointment to discover that stocks had just run out in Australia. As a customer kindly pointed out, if you miss that bus there will be another one along shortly.
Back in January (when previously tasted) it was easy to see where the 2006 Rippon Pinot might be headed but the bouquet was yet to evolve. The palate showed a great line of very pure fruit which looked good for the future.
And so has faith been rewarded. Tasted on Tuesday Sept 16, 2008, the 2006 Rippon Pinot Noir showed its undeniable class. The beautiful perfume shows clove spice, pretty fruit and rather comforting raspberry and pastry notes. The wine has a lovely weight and volume with a nice touch of charry oak over the sweet fruit. The texture is most appealing.
There’s lots to look forward to in the future so pop a couple away for 5-10 years.
2006 Rippon Pinot Noir now SOLD OUT, we are awaiting (the very limited) stock of vintage 2007.