About The Wine
Up until the 2011 vintage, the Gamay growing on Rippon went to Rosé but at a point, the fruit just tasted too good and so Rippon Gamay was born.
This is one of the most serious and structural Gamays in the Southern Hemisphere. Nick Mills brings this gently to bottle with as little tinkering as possible. Exclusively old oak is used, minimal amounts of sulphur, the winemaking inspired and guided by noted Beaujolais winemaker Julien Sunier.
For devotees of this variety, this is simply a must try. One of the most sought-after of the Rippon stable, this wine has quickly established a cult following.
A drink-now or mid-term cellaring proposition. This is fundamentally delicious wine.
About Rippon Vineyard
Rippon Vineyard is one of the most breathtaking sites in Central Otago.
For over a century the Mills family has farmed this small patch of earth on the banks of Lake Wanaka. Nick Mills is the fourth generation of his family to walk the rows on Rippon. He now farms the site according to biodynamic principles.
The Mills family and Rippon are intrinsically linked. There's a deep connection to the land which Nick translates into their superlative wines.
Pinot Noir, Gamay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer all excel at Rippon. The wines are made with patience and love.
In the wines of Rippon, you can sense everything that is transcendent about terroir-driven winemaking where the story of a place is told through the wines it produces.