Rippon Emma's Block Pinot Noir 2017
ORIGIN: Central Otago, NZ
GRAPE: Pinot Noir
Special Notes: Fully Organic and Biodynamic. Best served chilled at 16-18c
A unique parcel within Rippon, Emma’s Block faces eastward on the lakefront where ancient clay reefs run laterally through fine schist gravels. Emma’s Block is named after the great-great-great grandmother of the current generation of the Mills family, through whom the name entered into the family.
Absorb the quiet magnitude of Lake Wanaka from a prime position at Rippon Hall. One of Central Otago’s first wineries, it is further north than most of the region’s other vinous activity, sitting calmly on the water’s edge with the small Ruby’s Island out in front and Southern Alps beyond. It’s an irresistible prospect (if not for photography alone), offering a sense of peace and oneness with nature.
The farm has belonged to the same family since 1912, and its deep connection felt with the land is palpable, guiding the biodynamic practices now firmly established in the hopes of producing wines that echo where they’re from. Grapes were initially experimented with by Rolfe Mills in the 1970s, who planted the first formal vines in 1982 and released his first vintage in 1989. His son Nick is now the winemaker, working alongside his three siblings and, whilst production remains relatively small, Rippon has become a byword for quality worldwide.
Tasting Notes: Detailed, sleek, fine, glide, animated femininity. Hint of bitterness at the end. Spiced and vegetal.
Food Recommendation: Yakitori