Rippon Sauvignon Blanc 2018
- Sauvignon Blanc
- New Zealand, 750ml
40% of this wine was fermented in old French barrels, not for the oak, but for the form of the vessel itself. Mouthfeel is gained here by high lees to wine contact and a more efficient natural lees stirring across unhurried wild ferments.
- Winery: Rippon
- Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
- Region: Lake Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 13.3%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Diam
Food pairing: Chicken, turkey; white fish, shrimp, lobster; feta & goat cheeses; citrus & light cream sauces
Rippon were one of the founding vineyards established in Central Otago and they produce organic and biodynamically wines, with all grapes grown in their vineyard overlooking stunning Lake Wanaka.
In 1975, Rolfe Mills, the third generation of his family on the farm, started to plant a series of experimental rows of Vitis vinifera. In 1982 Rolfe and his wife Lois planted the first block of vines with the express interest of growing high quality wine and released their first commercial vintage in 1989. The land continues to be farmed by the Mills family, together with dedicated long-term staff. As winegrowers, the team’s principal commitment is to the soil. Nurturing a healthy, responsive medium underfoot binds the vines and the people to their land. Biodynamic farming and no irrigation help the vine drive energy into its seed and issue raw material that is capable of fostering wines that are true to their place. For over 30 years, through careful observation and selection the varieties and the individual vines that were proven to be most suited to the site were planted, parcel by parcel, on the farm’s most favourable slopes. The greater majority of Rippon’s vines today remain on their own roots. Granted a moment of custodianship, the primary interest of all who work and live at Rippon is to do justice to this remarkable piece of land.
- 95/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2017 Vintage)
- 5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2018 (2017 Vintage)
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