Rippon Gewurztraminer 2019
1 or more bottles$44.99
Mike Bennie96+ points
James Suckling94 points
It's rare to find a Gewurztraminer with such poise and exotic beauty. This is subtle, delicate and balanced with pinpoint precision.
With maturing vines and a truly favourable year for Gewurz, this wine speaks with real accuracy and pride of its place. This, along with slow, whole bunch pressings, wild ferments and extended lees contact, has resulted in a wine which is defined by remarkable grace and clarity.
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- Turkish Delight
- Rose water
Critic Scores & reviews
""Smells sweet but not bubblegummy and cartoony, more Turkish market spice and rosewater bath in the most refined, evocative sense. Succulent in texture, concentrated flavours but again, a ripple of chalky texture, bright core of mixed-minerally acidity, a chew to finish and this beautiful, lingering, fresh sweetness. Candied almonds, dried citrus peel, green apple, faint nutty characters. Just wonderful. Such an intriguing, beautiful wine, and with so much future potential. Extraordinary.""
""Stunning purity of lychee and rose-water aromas here with fresh bread, wet stones and breathtaking fragrant appeal. The palate has a smooth-honed and layered, textural feel with supple, fleshy lychee and melon, as well as pear and honeysuckle. From biodynamically grown grapes.""
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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.
Central Otago is the southernmost wine-growing region in the world, located at a latitude of 45 degrees south, on New Zealand’s south island. A spectacular landscape makes the region one of the most scenic wine regions if not in the world then certainly in New Zealand. Central to the region is the tourist destination of Queenstown, which is a great base to make wine trips from. Heavy mineral deposits in silt loams are typical for the soils in Central Otago, but are unlike any other region in New Zealand. The Otago region is the country's only ‘continental ’ wine-growing region. Pinot Noir is the flagship red varietal, which is very well suited to the region's large diurnal shifts (a large diurnal shift means a big difference between low and high temperatures) and also the region's long, cool and dry autumn. The Pinot Noirs coming out of the Otago region are most often fragrant, lush Pinot Noirs with silky textures and true fruit intensity. Aromatic whites also thrive, in particular Riesling where anything from bone-dry to very sweet can be made. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and lesser amounts of Chardonnay is also made to a very high quality. Central Otago is in Jancis Robinson’s top five New World wine-producing regions.
One of six subregions within the wine region of Central Otago on New Zealand’s South Island, Wanaka is building a strong reputation for its elegant, high-quality, cool-climate Pinot Noirs. The northernmost and smallest of the subregions for production, its beautiful vineyards lie between Lake Wanaka and the town of Luggate, roughly 80 kilometres north of New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown. Thanks to their proximity to the lake and their elevation – from about 290 to 320 metres above sea level – Wanaka’s vineyards enjoy a marginally cooler (and also somewhat wetter) climate than Wanaka’s fellow subregions of Cromwell, Bendigo, and Bannockburn. Lake Wanaka is indeed a key influencer here – the lake helps moderate extremes in temperature – reflections off the water radiate heat for the growing seasons and also help decrease the risk of frost. The resulting wines are fresh and delicate. In addition to Pinot Noir, this subregion also produces ample Riesling and Gewürztraminer.
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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).