2008 Rippon Riesling Jeunesse

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Rippon
Variety: Riesling
Designation: Jenunesse
Region: New Zealand
Sub-region: South Island, Otago
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $38 (EWine)

He says: This wine was a major letdown for me given the price and all the buzz in the Lower Mainland about this producer. The finish really lets this wine down as it is intensely tart and unpleasant. It feels like things haven’t really meshed yet for this wine and it’s a shame because it’s got great aromas along with beautiful fruit/secondary flavours and a balanced mid-palate sweetness. It’s a decent bottle of Riesling, but I recommend you drink it with food to help tame the finish.

She says: This wine to me was a bit like a yo-yo. It had an interesting depth of aromas indicating more development than a 2-year old wine would normally show. There was a nice texture to the wine initially with some sweetness on the mid-palate yet the finish was super dry. This impacted the overall balance of the wine which for me wasn’t quite there.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ lemon, hints of gold
Smells like: Clean, med+ intensity, hint of development, citrus, petrol, yeasty/autolytic notes, green apple
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acid, med+ body, med+ intensity, med alcohol, ripe apple, citrus peel, notes of petrol, yeast/toast, mid-palate sweetness followed by very long excessively tart finish, med+ length
Summary: Good, Ready to drink

6 comments to 2008 Rippon Riesling Jeunesse

  • Susie

    Interesting comments. Completely different from my own experience(s) with this wine and vintage. Found the wine (on both occasions) to be very well balanced, lovely mouthfeel and texture and a complete and delightful wine. A chacun son gout…

    • WCVR

      Hi Susie,

      Thanks for the comment. 2.5 stars is about 88-90 points by our scale, though probably on the lower end due to the value for money, which we didn’t find high.

      Yes, everyone has their own preferences. Thanks for your comment!


  • I agree this is a let down, though I think your rating is too low. I would give this more like 3/5. Also, don’t judge Rippon based on this wine. Try the Pinot Noir.

    • WCVR

      For $40, for a white wine, we’d expect it to be much better. You can get some decent White Burgundy/Loire for this price, not to mention some $20-30 New World Rieslings which have much better balance. It’s all about perspective for us.

  • How can value become part of an objective rating of quality? If it is, how can it be a transparent factor?

    • WCVR

      We’ve never claimed to be rating only on quality. Our aim is to consider the quality alongside the value. Have you seen the little blurb we posted about our wine scoring above (inner right sidebar)?

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