Rippon remains the top producers of Pinot Noir in New Zealand with an impressive release of its 2016 vintage. They are located next to Lake Wanaka in Central Otago, the only continental climate in New Zealand, and one of the most beautiful places in the world. This location is perfect for Rippon to produce its world-class Pinot Noir. Vines here were planted in '85 and '91 supplying great depth of fruit but also a schist minerality. Rippon also uses a bit of the whole cluster in their fermentation, giving a bit more complexity and character. This is made for the long haul and will only get better with age, which is true for almost every vintage of the Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir, and their other classically inspired wines. We tasted this vintage again recently and loved where it is headed. The 2016 Rippon Mature Vines has much to offer and is an excellent crossover from Burgundy, and is genuinely one of the best Pinot Noirs of the New World.
James Suckling 97 points! "This is such profoundly complex pinot with violets, dark cherries, plums, blueberries, graphite, black tea, peppery nuances, licorice and woody spices, all taking a role on the nose. The palate has such density and precision, delivering a powerfully composed and profoundly concentrated core of blueberry and dark-cherry flavor in a layered and refined style. Such impressive depth and character. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold."