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Rippon Vineyard

Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2012

Earthy aromas with ripe plum notes - a very Otago nose albeit in the lighter spectrum. Same notes transfer to the medium bodied sappy palate. Not as full bodied as I was expecting. Quite Burgundian in weight and texture. Made by the equally earthy Nick Mills, owner and winemaker who made his presentation at Pinot NZ 2018 in Wellington in bare feet. Rippon is biodynamic and chemical free. I subsequently had a nice chat with him - a genuine bloke. Must be one of the prettiest vineyard scenes anywhere in the world sloping up from Lake Wanaka. Whilst this is classed as Central Otago this is not as full bodied as the Bannockburn/Felton Road district. — 2 days ago

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Gamba Estate Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

I love Sonoma Zinfandel and this Russian River one is a favorite. A beautiful and unusual strawberry flavor, pretty hot and cools off after an hour. Perfect when you’re in the right mood. — 10 days ago

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15.9%! Dayum!!!

Loose Moose

Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

This moose is loose and nice! Lots of opulent fruit, but balanced and smokey, jammy. Pretty much a right on the money Zin. Chewy, full of cherries, berries and mocha. It’s as good as most of those ‘OVZ’ type wines on the market at a fraction of the price. — 17 days ago

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Walker Vine Hill Syrah 2007

As a long time lover of Pax Wines. These have changed with age. Once a powerhouse, it’s become more sublime. Aged Syrah is awesome, just different. Dry and elegant, with a dark fruit on the nose, the palate reveals blackberry and spicy and lots of black pepper. Rich mouthfeel and medium acidity. It’s all still there, but on it’s last leg. Still so good @Pax Mahle — 15 days ago

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Heart's Needle

Old Vine Riesling 2016

This is a full bodied old vine Riesling that is still crisp and dry. There is citrus, petrol and minerality on the nose. The front has a hint of petrol that finishes with green apple. Very enjoyable. — 5 days ago

Three Finger Jack

Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

Fruktigt och kryddigt fylligt. god smak lagom strävt och syra. — 4 days ago

The Crane Assembly

Disciples Old Vine Zinfandel Petite Sirah 2017

Oh my. This wine is unbelievable. Rich nose of chocolate, cherry cordial, cola, raspberry purée, cocoa, smoke, oak, leather, fennel, oregano, grape juice... you name it, it’s there. Bold & brooding on the palate. Leathery notes of cigar smoke, tar, wet cigarettes, dark cocoa powder, chocolate-dipped raspberry, blueberry, red currant, & cassis. Grippy & lightly tart with medium-plus acidity. Alcohol hides well under all this fruit. Another stellar David Phinney release. — a day ago

Robert Pepi

Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1981

Cathy Corison

40 years old! Still alive and kicking. Plums and cassis hanging on. Floral perfume. Kiss of Brett. — 4 days ago

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David L

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1st vintage of the Vine Hill Ranch from them. 81-87 are drinking still alive and kicking.
Chris Bensick

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As I’m sure your Cabernet will be equally good 40 years on....


Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

Holding up quite well. Still great balance between fruit and acid — 4 days ago

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Vine Hill Ranch

VHR Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Yes I’ve been buying VHR magnums forever but this is the oldest one I had. And it’s fantastic. — a day ago

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