Rippon 'Jeunesse' Young Vine Pinot Noir 2018

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Mike Bennie
  • Organic and Biodynamic
SKU
RIPN201811 UCAU
$67.99 Per item
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750ml (Bottle)
$67.99 Per item
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, but the wisdom of youth not that of an elder. What it lacks in detail and precision, it makes up for in vibrancy and enthusiasm. It’s from Rippon, yes, but it’s aim to is to be more about pinot noir, the variety. So no new oak nor whole cluster is consistent year to year. You can feel some of the Rippon hallmarks (precision, detail etc.), but totally unadorned (by oak, or fining) and without the structure and drive that comes from riper, more complex dry matter, corresponding longer extraction and whole cluster ferments. We push the fruit much less in extraction, relative to the mature vines, as we feel the seeds/skins are not yet ready to yield noble tannins (or information of site, as we’d say). This means the specific sites (and any markers from them) are not as relevant here. It’s yummy young(ish/15-18 year vine age) vine fruit from Rippon, treated lovingly as one might treat one’s kids. So that shouldn’t sound patronising to the wine, or talking it down, they’re smart, receptive teenagers, brought up well in the coolest place on earth. -Nick Mills, Winemaker
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, but the wisdom of youth not that of an elder. What it lacks in detail and precision, it makes up for in vibrancy and enthusiasm. It’s from Rippon, yes, but it’s aim to is to be more about pinot noir, the variety. So no new oak nor whole cluster is consistent year to year. You can feel some of the Rippon hallmarks (precision, detail etc.), but totally unadorned (by oak, or fining) and without the structure and drive that comes from riper, more complex dry matter, corresponding longer extraction and whole cluster ferments. We push the fruit much less in extraction, relative to the mature vines, as we feel the seeds/skins are not yet ready to yield noble tannins (or information of site, as we’d say). This means the specific sites (and any markers from them) are not as relevant here. It’s yummy young(ish/15-18 year vine age) vine fruit from Rippon, treated lovingly as one might treat one’s kids. So that shouldn’t sound patronising to the wine, or talking it down, they’re smart, receptive teenagers, brought up well in the coolest place on earth. -Nick Mills, Winemaker

Scores & Reviews

93 / 100

Mike Bennie

(2012 vintage- last release) Plantings on average are around 12-years-old, but the name sticks anyway. The idea is that the roots have finally gone down far enough to give winemaker Nick Mills his sought-after ‘digestible phenolics’, as opposed to ones you wouldn’t want to extract, ‘if you chew on a grape and you can keep chewing, that you continue to salivate over, that you want to end up chewing to nothing in your mouth, you have digestible phenolics. If you want to spit it out, that astringency relates to non-digestible phenolics’, explains Mills. It feels light and gentle, a tickle of flavour, but the hallmark of Rippon in chalky, firm texture that helps the wine show shape and great form. In perfume and flavour, there’s some deeper savoury characters, a touch of wet earth, some anise and exotic spice over cherry and other black fruits. Easy to drink, slender and firm as it crawls across the palate. Structure and length. In the slot.