Lil Rippa and Central Schist Pinot Noir 2011

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Aug 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Written Wine Reviews

Lil Rippa and Central Schist Pinot Noir 2011NZ Pinot Noir

Two very different wines from the same region, and same vintage. The Lil Rippa, with its Pams font and simplistic label, at first glance offers great value at $20, but once tasted it’s easy to see why. The nose offers little in the way of Pinot characteristics. The palate is astringent, with far too much acid, either added or poor fruit ripeness.

What Lil Rippa does offer is reasonable cooking wine. This wine can be found at most supermarkets.

75 Points
3 Stars
RRP $20

Central Schist Pinot Noir 2011 offers the consumer more. Aside from the obvious name, far too easy, the wine is vibrant in the glass. The nose  offers ripe blackberry, blueberry, and a hint of cinnamon and flint. The palate, albeit medium bodied, offers good ripe fruit, slightly synthetic, with good balance and length.

80 Points
5 Stars
RRP $20

Both wines are available under $20 and are really entry level Pinot Noir g=from this region. Pay a little more and get a lot more wine for your money. The saying “drink less but better quality” is very much the case with these two wines.


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Written by Jayson Bryant

Jayson’s roots in wine began when his father literally dragged him round France and injected his passion into him. From the age of 8 his family took month long holidays in France travelling through all regions and sampling their wine.
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  • John Barham

    Since when or where have you found Lil Rippa let alone any Central Otago Pinot Noir, in supermarkets at $20? The 2011 was an excellent vintage – let it breath for an hour and you will lap it up with chicken or lightly sauced roasts. Cooking Wine? What do you guys drink with your meals? Clos Vougeot 1966?