Pinot Noir, Wanaka

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
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  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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    James Suckling
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    Huon Hooke
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