2016 Rippon Rippon Riesling

Central Otago, NZ

Here's one of the finest Rieslings in NZ. A textural and detailed style. Immensely cellarable.


Categories: $35 - $50, Riesling, Rippon, White, Wines
These wines are seriously incredible with age. Ever tried one old? You should. Epic.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

This is an excellent example of how to build texture in Riesling.

Winemaker and grape grower Nick Mills holds this wine back for a minimum of a year before releasing it to market. It's made from the mature vines on the Rippon vineyard, harnessing the power of this fruit takes a little extra time.

The wine spends a day or two on skins and 100 days on lees before going to bottle. Nothing is hurried at Rippon and the mesmerising complexity of this wine on release is a testament to Nick's patience.

It's a wine which looks better every year in bottle.

A wine of blistering power and stunning detail, Riesling enthusiasts, you'll be very happy to have this as part of your collection.

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 principals.

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.

The bucolic Rippon Vineyard
The bucolic Rippon Vineyard
Central Otago, NZ

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"These wines are seriously incredible with age. Ever tried one old? You should. Epic. One of the great producers of anywhere, with one of the greatest views over their wonderful site. But we know that. Rich perfume, but not over the top, honeyed and toasty, ripe apple, lime juice, some saline character. The palate is beautiful, harmonious, complex, exceptionally long in flavour, lightly honeyed and gently savoury, and has an almost faint sake-like character. Just beautiful. Stunning drinking." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Jancis Robinson

"Glorious aromas of clementine, lemon oil and lime but also something like sour honey. Tastes dryish but honeyed with orange and a light phenolic texture. Very, very good. Really grippy on the finish. Distinctive and such a complex interplay of structure, acid and aroma." - Jancis Robinson

Additional Info

From The Producer

Foliated, layered and focussed; reflective of the schist laden soils from which it is issued. The Rippon Riesling was fermented by the property’s resident yeast population and remains for an extended period in contact with its primary lees. Ready now, but correct cellaring will be rewarded.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 12.0%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Vigneron Nick Mills
Vigneron Nick Mills
Central Otago, NZ
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