Rippon’s vines are planted in two main zones of differing soil types, both inherent to the way each wine tastes and feels. These two soil types are both borne of decomposing schist rock, but have arrived on the site by different means and at different times. A thin layer (5-15cms) of wind blown loess covers the property.
The Lakeside: A relatively new ejection cone of gravel debris from “waterfall creek”, the stream that cascades down Mt Roy, the 1800 metre peak beside us. This has formed many complex layers of Schist gravels and singles of varying grades (coarseness).
The Hillside: Terminal Moraine deposits of the last glacial advance. Fine deposits of glacial meal are mixed with more coarse material and large blocks of schist rock to form a 50 metre high slope.
Expression: With its high content of Silica, Quartz and Mica, Rippon’s schist based soils produce, as the texture of the rock itself would suggest, wines which are luminous, layered and complex; lift rather than weight, precision rather than opulence, finesse rather than fullness.
Schist: A medium to coarse-grained metamorphic rock with well-developed bedding planes derived from the foliated recrystallisation of platy like minerals like mica.
Moraine: Heterogeneous sedimentary deposited directly by a glacier. The particles within this deposit have not been size sorted by the action of wind or water.
Roche Moutonnee: A section of hard rock that has been shaped by ice flowing over it. The side from which the ice came is smooth and usually at a low angle. The side in the direction in which the ice departed is steep and has been plucked by the ice. The plucking is the result of freeze-thaw action enhanced by pressure changes generated by the flowing ice.