Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2012


A very exciting library release, and from some of New Zealand’s oldest Pinot Noir vines. 2012 marked the 30th year of wine growing at Rippon, as well as the celebration of 100 years on the land for the Mill’s family. They cleverly tucked this wine away in cellar at Rippon until the time the world needed its joy. 2021 is that time and a joy this wine is, still youthful and tight-knit. An example of the enigmatic ability of Pinot Noir to be both delicate and powerful, it’s also further proof that kiwi Pinot can really age.

Rippon, on the shore of Lake Wanaka, has both a tremendous past and future. Percy Sargood bought the station in 1912, and his great grandson Nick Mills and family continue a legacy of, in Nick’s words, “listening to the land to decide what to grow”. Their ethos is inspiring; biodynamic practices nurture their relationship with the land where they now focus on growing 6 varieties, with vines as many as 40 years old. As we mature as a wine growing country, our wine styles are evolving past being about immediate factors like primary fruit flavour, colour and alcohol. Rippon demonstrates this evolution with wines that are about beautiful texture and shape.


Organic, biodynamic, dry farmed, mature vines