Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir is the best in all of New Zealand. Central Otago is the only continental climate in New Zealand, and Rippon is located on Lake Wanaka, is one of the world's most beautiful places. Rippon Mature vines is a serious world-class Pinot Noir from vines planted between 1985 and 1991. This is built for aging and has an outstanding balance of fruit and schist terroir. There is also a bit of whole cluster here too. We just tasted this earlier in the week, and while it is still in an infantile state, there is a lot to love about this wine. It is very elegant, deep, and complex, wine it rivals some of the best Pinot Noirs in the world. 2017 is one of the best of all time and appeals to both the European palate and the domestic one. Quantity is very limited here, so don't hesitate!
James suckling 99 points! "This offers aromas of violets, blueberries, red and dark cherries, fragrant, freshly cracked black pepper and wet dark stones. Complex, but still tightly wound and reserved. The palate is very concentrated, dense and elegantly poised with such powerful tannin, carrying concentrated blueberry and dark-cherry flavors long. Really taut, fully ripe and mouthwateringly intense pinot noir. Dark cherry-pit freshness to close. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but better in five years."