2009 RIPPON Tinker's Field Pinot Noir Mature Vine
|Grapes: Pinot Noir
||Origin: New Zealand, South Island
Lea & Sandeman review
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.
Other reviews and comments
Fabulously complex Pinot Noir – a harmony of sweet and savoury, fruit and mineral, tight structure and intensity of flavour, fine-as-dust tannins and silky texture. It comes from the oldest vines on this biodynamic, long-established estate.
Nick Mills says 'Tinker's Field is a gentle, north-facing slope formed by an ancient ejection cone of coarse schist gravels.' Tinker's Field contains Rippon's oldest vines which date back to 1974 and is named after Rippon's founder, Rolfe Mills (1923-2000; Tink to his friends), who planted them. Mills says 'This is more precise, more layered and more detailed than Emma's Block because it comes from pure schistous soils, and without the lenses of clay. It is not a barrel selection and we only bottle part of the wine from this block so as not to remove a whole block of vines from the Rippon farm voice [which is encapsulated in the Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir].'
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