Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"The farm voice of a distinct parcel of land: Rippon. On the western board of Roy’s Bay, Lake Wanaka, Rippon’s north-facing escarpment forms the meeting point of terminal moraines and coarse gravels, all based in schist, on which some of the region’s earliest vines were planted. Rippon is a wine issued from all of the fully developed Pinot Noir vines growing in this land."
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"Extremely youthful bouquet of Pinot Noir with aromas and scents of spice and earth, red fruits and crushed flowers, tea and old rose. Equally youthful on the palate with a vibrant and energy filled flavour profile – crushed rocks, dark red berry fruits, oak spice and whispers of smoke, organic and adventurous. Dry and lengthy, savoury, dried herb offset with a core of red berry fruit flavours. Youthful textures from tannins and acidity. A delicious wine but also a very young wine. Decant for service if opened before 2021. Best drinking 2022 through 2032."
94+/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, March 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"Waxy textured pinot of intensity and drive, a sense of precision and elemental earthiness. Clove-cedar woody character spreads over dark, savoury fruit character, ribs of tannin, brisk acidity, exceptional length and a sense of compactness and tension. It’s a masterful pinot noir, more intellectual than visceral pleasure at this point, but there’s a portal to the future in its character and it’s a wine for a decade and more – it needs some time to mesh and soak things up. So much going on, so much to look forward to, I believe."
18/20 Julia Harding, JancisRobinson.com (2016 Vintage)
"Bright cherry red. Delicate rocky/mineral aroma and plenty of dusty dark-red fruit. Wild herbs but not thyme. So fragrant. On the palate, that rocky dark-red fruit perfectly mirrored. Very fine texture. Coming back to taste this again after the two single-block 2014s, this seems a little more delicate. The tannins finer and more supple. Very elegant and refined. Tinker’s Block has more mass but this has more elegance. Under Diam – only their Osteiner is sealed under screwcap. This wine gives ‘the most complete picture of the farm’. Mature vines from each block. Blocks fermented separately and first winter in barrel. 25–40% whole bunch."
17/20 Tim Jackson MW, JancisRobinson MW, July 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"Pale-mid ruby. Vanilla touch to rhubarb, orange peel and crushed rock, with a smoky edge. Background oak spice only. Crisp, light bodied with cocoa powder, moderately firm tannin texture. Floral, long finish, with a saline tang."
Reviews for the 2015 vintage below…
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"This Lake Wanaka red has a long, proud history. Estate-grown but not a single-block wine – winemaker Nick Mills views it as 'the farm voice' – it is typically a very elegant, 'feminine' style, rather than a blockbuster. Hand-picked from ungrafted vines planted between 1985 and 1991, the 2015 vintage was fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured in French oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. A wine with a powerful presence, it is deeply coloured, fragrant and weighty, with concentrated plum/spice flavours, savoury and structured. A very harmonious wine, it should be long-lived; open 2020+."