Rippon Gewurztraminer 2019 - Central Otago
Bottle size: 750ml
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.
"(Nick) Mills’s wines from one of the most dramatically-sited, cool-climate vineyards in the world, are consistently the most evocative of any that I have come across from New Zealand..” - Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits
Undoubtedly one of the great vineyards and wineries of the world, Rippon was founded in 1974 by Lois and the late Rolfe Mills with a planting of experimental vines on the Lake Wanaka family farm in Central Otago. Today fourth generation Nick Mills continues to create truly beautiful wines, including this captivating Gewurtztraminer. The purity of the fruit in this wine is stunning and lies testimony to the inspired biodynamic farming practices and pinpoint informed winemaking by Nick. Fermented wild and spending extended time on lees, this is a Gewurztraminer of precision and quiet complexity. Quite different to the more extrovert examples you sometimes encounter.
As Mike Bennie on Winefront wrote last night on this 2019 Gewurtztraminer “Such an intriguing, beautiful wine, and with so much future potential. Extraordinary”.
This is a lesson in minerality and purity and like all Rippon wines extremely limited!
Rippon Vineyard is the most photographed vineyard in the world and certainly the most picturesque I have ever laid eyes on. Rippon Vineyard is located on the western shores of Lake Wanaka with vineyards meandering down the hillside to near the water's edge.
The property has been in the Mills family for four generations and current winemaker Nick Mills is crafting superb Pinot Noir reflective of his extensive training in Burgundy. He is dedicated to biodynamic farming. The winery remains a small family operation, with the winery housed in an old lambing barn. Rippon's vines are among the oldest in the region with most plantings dating to 1985-1991. 80% of the 30-acre vineyard is planted on its own roots and is not irrigated.
Acting on a hunch born in the schist slopes of the Douro Valley, Lois and the late Rolfe Mills planted experimental vines on the Lake Wanaka family farm in 1974. Despite the mostly negative opinions of viticultural experts at the time, Rolfe had belief in the site’s potential and they planted the first commercial vineyard block in 1982.Today the vineyard is still a family affair. Along with a menagerie of dogs, cows and goats the land is run as a bio-diverse whole with the principle aim of fostering wines that are a true and accurate reflection of the property.
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