2018 Rippon Tinkers Field Pinot Noir

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The most structured and intense of the single block Rippon Pinot Noirs, chiselled from the oldest vines on the vineyard.

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Tinker's Field is a special section of the Rippon Vineyard that vigneron, Nick Mills, feels speaks with a unique accent.

A small portion of Pinot Noir grown on the Northern slope closer to Lake Wanaka is bottled separately to tell a richer story of the season from Rippon's point of view.

This is a brilliant Pinot Noir. Architecutal, structural, tense and brooding, this is one of the finest single vineyard expressions of Pinot Noir to be found anywhere on New Zealand's South Island.

A unique parcel within Rippon, Tinker's Field is a gentle, north facing slope formed by an ancient ejection cone of coarse schist gravels. Tinker's Field is home to the oldest vines on the property and is named after Rippon's visionary founder, Rolfe Mills (Tink to his friends), and the land that he had dreamed of farming since childhood.

Form and feel: Layered, detailed, compressed power, precise, unforced masculinity.

97 Points - "Tension, precision, energy, length. Coiled and pent up, a wine of inward concentration, great velocity, a mesh of dark cherry fruit, spice, garrigue-like characters and smoky-mineral notes. Whoosh. Incredible. One of those wines you peg down to phrases like 'power and grace' though that hardly does it justice. This has the torsion and tannin profile of greatest wines in world, a sheath and length of epic nature. And delicious - fragrant, fruit pure yet complex, and all up a wonderful experience." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

96 Points - "Aromas of cherries, dried strawberries, fresh flowers and orange peel. Yet, the nose remains subtle and complex. Medium to full body with firm, tight and linear tannins that are chewy and very fine-grained. Goes on for a very long time. From biodynamically grown grapes. Give this three or four years to soften. Try after 2023." - JamesSuckling.com

Rippon

Rippon Vineyard is one of the most breathtaking sites in Central Otago.

For over a century the Mills family has farmed this small patch of earth on the banks of Lake Wanaka. Nick Mills is the fourth generation of his family to walk the rows on Rippon. He now farms the site according to biodynamic principles.

The Mills family and Rippon are intrinsically linked. There's a deep connection to the land which Nick translates into their superlative wines.

Pinot Noir, Gamay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer all excel at Rippon. The wines are made with patience and love.

In the wines of Rippon, you can sense everything that is transcendent about terroir-driven winemaking where the story of a place is told through the wines it produces.

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