98 POINTS | James Suckling
Perhaps the most important wine in the Rippon catalogue, the old vine Pinot Noir is the wine that owner Nick Mills feels best represents the vineyards and 'Rippon's sense of place'. Always more about texture and length than upfront fruit characters, this is an excellent example of medium weight, but definitely serious Central Otago Pinot Noir. There is lovely palate tension with dark fruits fighting with quite obvious acidity and tannin. Lovely wine from an important, highly respected producer.
Cameron Douglas writes (about the 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."