New Zealand, Wanaka

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the south Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
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  1. Rippon 'Jeunesse' Riesling 2019
    The Rippon Jeunesse Young Vine Riesling 2019 vintage is a stellar release; a kaleidoscope of flavours from lime to grapefruit, juicy and tart and sweet-sour all at once. So much length, great texture with an almost crunchy finish. Brilliant expression of ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  2. Rippon 'Jeunesse' Young Vine Pinot Noir 2018
    This is more of a pinot noir grown at Rippon, rather Rippon through the eyes of pinot noir. It’s a kid, or an adolescent at least, even a young adult. It’s endearing, colourful, perhaps even capable of wisdom, ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  3. Rippon 'Rippon' Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2017
    Very pretty cherry and vanilla notes with savoury cured meats, nutty oak and gentle rose florals. Packed with juicy fruit flavours, fine grained tannins and a slate driven minerality. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 16 months on ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  4. Rippon 'Rippon' Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2016
    Very pretty cherry and vanilla notes with savoury cured meats, nutty oak and gentle rose florals. Packed with juicy fruit flavours, fine grained tannins and a slate driven minerality. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 16 months on ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  5. Rippon 'Emma'S Block' Pinot Noir 2015
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Emma's block is a specific sheltered site that makes the most focused and long-lived wines. ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    James Suckling
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  6. Rippon 'Emma'S Block' Pinot Noir 2017
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Emma's block is a specific sheltered site that makes the most focused and long-lived wines. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
  7. Rippon 'Emma'S Block' Pinot Noir 2016
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Emma's block is a specific sheltered site that makes the most focused and long-lived wines. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  8. Rippon 'Tinker'S Field' Pinot Noir 2017
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Tinker's Field is named after Nick's grandfather, and is the most exposed and warm site. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  9. Rippon 'Tinker'S Field' Pinot Noir 2015
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Tinker's Field is named after Nick's grandfather, and is the most exposed and warm site. ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    James Suckling
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  10. Rippon 'Tinker'S Field' Pinot Noir 2016
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Tinker's Field is named after Nick's grandfather, and is the most exposed and warm site. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  11. Rippon 'Rippon' Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2010
    100 Points from James Suckling. Very pretty cherry and vanilla notes with savoury cured meats, nutty oak and gentle rose florals. Packed with juicy fruit flavours, fine grained tannins and a slate driven minerality. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  12. ONLINE TASTING PACK - RIPPON TASTING WITH NICK MILLS THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 6.30PM

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 1st of October 2020.

    The Mills family have been making ... Learn More

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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  13. ONLINE TASTING PACK - TWO WEEK CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT TOUR PLUS BREAKOUT ROOM WINE THURSDAY 28TH JAN/4TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack includes a 7th wine to be tasted at the end of the second week in a smaller group setting within the zoom breakout room for a chance to ... Learn More

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    Huon Hooke
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