2010 Tinker's Field Pinot Noir Mature Vine

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin New Zealand, South Island
Classification Mature Vine
ABV 13.5%

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.

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The aromas in this wine are mesmerizing with raspberries and blueberries and flint. Violets and other flowers. Dense and full with layers of fine tannins and a gun metal and dark fruit aftertaste. Drink or hold.
92 (Dec 2012)

Former champion skier Nick Mills has established himself as one of, if not the, best producer of pinot noir in Central Otago and this, one of his pricier cuvées, is spectacular, a thick stream of perfume with bass notes too. Pinot: the full orchestral version.

Deep, dark red. Superripe aromas of plum, redcurrant, mocha and smoky, spicy oak, with a hint of roasted fruits. Densely packed, concentrated and savory, with dark fruit and soil flavors showing a youthfully sullen character today. There are hints of sappier strawberry and raspberry in the deep background, but today this wine comes off as a bit heavily extracted and dry-edged, and missing the perfume of the best examples of the variety.

Lovely perfume: fine, refined and expressive with cherries and plums. The palate is fine with ripe fruit, good depth and plenty of elegance.

Crunchy fruit, leathery and medicinal notes on the palate. Subtle insistence. Deserves time to flourish.

Deep and brooding the nose has richness of fruit all very black fruit in character. It is fresher on the palate bramble and bilberry with hints of red fruits. The back palate has all the power and richness of ripe fruit a lovely mix of mulberry and blackcurrant. 2013-20

Expensive for a Kiwi? Well, in Rippon we are talking about one of the world's top Pinot Noir producers, and this is one of their best wines, from a special plot that houses some of Nick Mills' oldest vines. It ripples with energy and superbly pure dark fruits but there's a savoury dimension here, too, not to mention some delectably fine tannins and insistent length.


Nick Mills returned home after several years away, working with the likes of Alain and Sophie Meunier at Domaine JJ Confuron, and Pascal Marchand (late of Domaine Comte Armand and now at Domaine de la Vougeraie). This experience with some of the leading players in Burgundy has fired him with enthusiasm, and we are already seeing the fruits of his experience in the changes in viticulture (to bio-dynamism) and the increased depth of mineral complexity in the wines. Nick Mills on Biodynamics: 'Granted custodianship over this very special piece of land, the family's principle goal is to create vins de terroir, wines that are an accurate reflection of their surroundings. It is the micro-life in our soils which, in their ability to metabolise minerals into a form that vines can assimilate, are the link in between plants and the earth. This simple biology is the essential framework in producing a wine which is true to its soil and site. With this understanding comes an absolute respect for the land and life therein and it is for this reason that Rippon is run biodynamically. Decisions made in the vineyard and winery first consider the effect the outcome may have on the micro-flora of the soils, vines & wines. Rippon does not use herbicides, fungicides, pesticides or soluble nitrogenous fertilisers on the property. All the property's organic waste matter is recycled to make around 40 tonnes of fungal dominant compost every year. This is spread back over the land during the first descending moon after harvest as an inoculation of beneficial micro-flora for the whole property...and thus starts a diverse and vital web of life on which to live and produce.

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