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Rippon Vineyard Gewurztraminer

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What is most interesting about this wine is just how different it is to most other NZ whites. You'd have to look in a European direction to find a similar wine methinks, which just makes this even more intriguing. A (just slightly) off dry Gewurtz, this has the overt, intensely floral and candied aromatics that great Gewurtz is known for, complete with the acidity and phenolics that this wine can show so well. A little slice of Alsatian goodness in Central Otago.

Winemaker's Notes

Picked by hand into small, 10kg cases allowing the fruit to arrive at the winery’s sorting table intact. A portion (50%) was left on its skins to macerate overnight. All fruit was whole bunch pressed over 3 hours and run, by gravity, into settling tanks. 12 hours of settling is passed after which the juice is racked, retaining fine lees, into a horizontal fermentation tank (stainless-steel foudre).

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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Grown on the shores of Lake Wanaka, this is typically a very cool-climate style with quite high acidity. The pale-pink 2000 vintage is disappointing. Crisp and gently sweet, with appley, spicy flavours and a soaring alcohol level of 15 per cent, it lacks real freshness, delicacy and depth and has a hard, short finish.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Grown on the shores of Lake Wanaka, the 1998 vintage is still settling down, but may open out well. Faintly pink-hued, it's a crisp wine with fresh, delicately spicy flavours in a very cool-climate style with quite high acidity. Open mid-2000 onwards.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
The 1995 vintage of this Lake Wanaka wine displays a fresh, lightly spicy fragrance and a dryish, crisp and delicate palate. Still in its infancy, the pale '96 reveals spicy, slightly apricot-like aromas, good body, and a lightly peppery, crisp, slightly sweet palate. Leave it until at least 1998.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
The 1995 vintage of this Lake Wanaka wine displays a fresh, lightly spicy fragrance and a dryish, crisp and delicate palate. Still in its infancy, the pale '96 reveals spicy, slightly apricot-like aromas, good body, and a lightly peppery, crisp, slightly sweet palate. Leave it until at least 1998.
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Michael Cooper (1988 Vintage) says
Grown on the shores of Lake Wanaka, the 1998 vintage is still settling down, but may open out well. Faintly pink-hued, it's a crisp wine with fresh, delicately spicy flavours in a very cool-climate style with quite high acidity. Open mid-2000 onwards.
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