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Rippon “Rippon” Mature Vine Pinot Noir
Champion Pinot Noir, paired with Over the Moon Dairy: Creamy Blue
Pinot Noir saw the largest uptake in entries this year, despite already being the largest varietal class for the past 3 awards seasons. The reason for this is most likely the prevalence of Central Otago wineries at the awards. 11 Gold medals were awarded to Pinot Noir’s, of which 6 are from Central Otago, 3 from Marlborough and 2 from North Canterbury. Vintages ranged from 2016 through to 2020, with both of these vintages being represented in the gold medal awards. The Champion Pinot Noir is Rippon’s “Rippon” Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2017.