About This Wine

The 'Rippon' Rippon Pinot Noir, as vigneron Nick Mills describes it, is the voice of his vineyard.


This is a blend of all of the old vine Pinot Noir material growing on Rippon. It's the wine that year in, year out delivers the clearest picture of what happened on this small patch of land during that growing year.

It's invariably a beautiful wine. Elegant and beautifully poised.

Lovingly grown, expertly crafted, it's no wonder this is one of the more unique Pinot Noirs of the famous Central Otago region.


Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country New Zealand
Region Central Otago
Appellation Lake Wanaka
Brand Rippon
Vintage 2016
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World Wine – “Rippon’s north-facing, all based in schist, & some of the region’s earliest vines planted. Fully developed Pinot Noir vines. *This is such profoundly complex pinot with violets, dark cherries, plums, blueberries, graphite, black tea, peppery nuances, liquorice and woody spices, all taking a role on the nose. The palate has such density and precision,delivering a powerfully composed and profoundly concentrated core of blueberry and dark-cherry flavour in a layered and refined style. Such impressive depth and character. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.” - 97 Points, Nick Stock

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James Suckling – “A blend of parcels across the property, this has a deeply spicy array of mixed fruit, framed in aromas of flint, dark stones, pepper, woody spices, wild herbs and fresh earth. Texturally, this is super fine and taut, which reflects the schist soils found here. Very fine, powerful and athletic with sustained fruit flavors that are typical of pinot noir. Long aging potential. Drink or hold.” - 96 Points, James Suckling

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