Rippon Gamay 2020
1 or more bottles$74.99
Mike Bennie95 points
It’s completely alive and quite beautiful. As much as we note that schist’s compression and foliated structure can issue wines of precision and detail, here schist’s refractive, luminous nature shines a direct, unadulterated light onto Gamay’s own primary fruit and spice.
Bright perfume of lifted cherries, herbs and undergrowth. Juicy fruit weight, firm yet supple tannins with a fantastic length. Fine, pretty and moreish.
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- Red Cherry
- Red Cherry
- Red Fruits
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"“A low metabolism year”, explains Nick Mills, “really dry spring, cool summer, so low crops and low vigour and low ripening through to end of the season. All the nutrition comes from the activity in the soils, and without irrigation there was less happening under ground – it results in pretty, high acid wines, but not the warmth and give of more typical seasons”. Glossy and yet with crispness, a tart cherry juice slosh and layers and layers of dried and fresh herb, white pepper, light truffle notes and a building, fine and lacy tension of tannins to the mouth-watering and firming finish. Wildly drinkable, faint funky, but a complex, detailed wine at the same time. Superb balance, would be the ultimate comment – light, fresh, fine and ethereal in its carriage of scents and flavours. Wow factor."
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The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
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About the brand Rippon
Rippon is a long-running family-owned organic and biodynamic winery in the Central Otago winemaking region of New Zealand. Central Otago sits on the 45° south latitude line, near the bottom of the country’s South Island. The world’s southernmost viticultural region, Central Otago falls on the eastern side of Australasia’s largest mountain range, the Southern Alps, and is also the only viticultural region in New Zealand with a continental climate. Rippon sits at 330 metres above sea level on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Rippon boasts schist-based soil rich in silica, quartz, and mica, contributing to wines that are layered and complex. The Mills family planted experimental vines here in 1974, later planting the bulk of the vineyard – primarily Pinot Noir – in 1982. The winery produced its first commercial vintage in 1988. These days, Rippon makes wines with as little intervention as possible from six grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, and Osteiner (a variety born of Riesling and Sylvaner).