central Otago, New Zealand
Rippon was the dream of Rolfe and Lois Mills, pioneers of wine in Central Otago. Experimental vines were planted in 1974, but the bulk of the vineyard was planted in 1982 with Pinot Noir representing 40% of the vineyard. The first commercial vintage was produced in 1988.
Winemaker Nick Mills, son of Rolfe and Lois returned to the property in 2002 after four years of work, study and life in Burgundy. He learned his “wine growing” skills at Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Domaine Albert Mann – as well as many others. Nick and his wife Jo, also a well respected winemaker in her own right, work with other members of the Mills family to make Rippon a unique and successful family operation.
Mature Vine Pinot Noir
Fine and focused layers of dark red fruit, cherries, and forest flowers with a voluptuous texture and gentle tannins
Mature Vine Riesling
Lime cordial, pink grapefruit, honey suckle and dried peaches with mineral spine and great phenolic power