Rippon Sauvignon Blanc
A warmer ferment reduces the thiols (tropical fruit characters)
and this is more about texture along with a pure mineral streak that comes from
the schist soils.. dry, mineral, flinty, with hints of herb and citrus. A very
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Rippon “Rippon” Mature Vine Pinot Noir
This comes from all the Pinot Noir sites on the vineyard, hence
the notation "Rippon". Nick describes it as the orchestra. There are lifted
aromas of berry, floral spice and on the palate it is fine and finessed, but
there is also plenty of structure to give it power., before finishing with an
explosion of flavour. Very impressive
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“Emma’s Block” Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2012
There are two distinct
sites on the vineyard, that make the single site "soloist" Pinot Noirs. This is
from the tiny Emma's block which quite close to the lake on clay loess soils.
Being closer to the water it is also a bit more temperate.The wine reflects this
with a malable, supple, quite dense texture, whilst the flavours are quite
similar to the Rippon.
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“Tinker’s Field” Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2012
The Tinkers Field was
planted 1986 -89 on schist rocky soils. which give precision and drive and as
Nick describes "compression" - very obvious on this wine. Nick had an
interesting analogy about vine age, where he describes young vines as like a
child drawing with a crayon - the result is vital, vibrant but lacks detail. As
the vines age they offer more prescision, accurancy, being able to describe who
they are and from.
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“Rippon” Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2006
As a very special treat Nick
bought along a jereboam of the 2006 "Rippon". This was a real 'wow!' wine. Still
quite fleshy and fruity, with a fine undercurrent of savoury flavours. There is
a core of completness. I was fortunate enough to be able to take some of the
left-over wine home and tried it 2 days later - it was even better. This is a
wine that has the power and depth to age for quite some time yet and an
indicator for the longevity of the 2012 wines.
“Rippon” Mature Vine Riesling 2013
Mainly from the Tinkers Field
vineyard from the oldest vines planted 1987 - 1991. These old vines have well
and truly attached themselves to the schisty soils and the dry mineral
characters come right through into the wine The grapes are foot crushed and
left on skins for a couple of days then whole cluster pressed and then racked
off, including all the suspended matter. The juice is fermented in tanks on
their side to give plenty of yeast cell contact with a natural, warm ferment.
The wine stayed on the lees for 3 months where it autoyises the solid matter.
This is not a pristine, crisp Riesling, but rather one with layers of textural
elements.. Zesty; acidulous; lemon cream;
An excellent dry Riesling.
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Rippon “Rippon” Mature
Vine Riesling 2010
Served from Magnums. 2010 was a warmer year than
2012, and this is slightly sweeter at 12 gms rs. The tropical fruit flavours
expand through the palate. It is soft, unctuous and utterly
Rippon Gewürztraminer 2013
Riesling, this has less emphasis on vibrant fruitiness than texture, although
there is no mistaking the spicy aromatic Gewurztraminer fruit. The palate has
shape and form that fills the palate and a gentle dryness.