2016 Rippon 'Rippon Mature Vine' Pinot Noir - Central Otago, New Zealand. 750ml
Waxy textured pinot of intensity and drive, a sense of precision and elemental earthiness. Clove-cedar woody character spreads over dark, savoury fruit character, ribs of tannin, brisk acidity, exceptional length and a sense of compactness and tension. It’s a masterful pinot noir, more intellectual than visceral pleasure at this point, but there’s a portal to the future in its character and it’s a wine for a decade and more – it needs some time to mesh and soak things up. So much going on, so much to look forward to, I believe.