2012 Tinker's Field Pinot Noir Mature Vine
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
One of Nick's brilliant single plot Pinots from the farm. Tinker’s Field is home to the oldest vines on the property and is named after Nick's father, Rippon’s visionary founder, Rolfe known as Tink by his friends. From this gentle, north facing slope come the grapes with the most intense, driven and compacted core of beautifully-shaped, dark fruit. Deep and long there is no flab here but a beautifully pure drive of sculpted, firm fruit and smooth mineral frame. You can sense the Schistous ground that these old vines grow on, delving deep for their water and life - this speaks very clearly of the 'place'. Tasting this very impressive Pinot Noir takes you on a wonderful journey to the edge of beautiful Lake Wanaka - immensely grown-up wine that will age beautifully. L&S (Oct 2016)
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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.
This north-facing plot drives a peppery, dark-spiced edge with a hint of fresh mushrooms. There are profoundly aromatic earthy nuances and a more brooding set of darker plums. The palate drops in deep and the tannins run sleek and uncompromising. Holds long, reveals and peels layer after layer of tannin. Give this time. Best after 2020. Rating: 96-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Dec 2016)
Medium to deep ruby purple colored, the 2012 Tinker’s Field Pinot Noir is bit closed at this youthful stage offering glimpses at the blackberry and black cherry aromas with touches of fertile loam and dried herbs. Medium bodied, the concentrated flavors are taut and muscular at this youthful stage with lots of background layers and a firm foundation of grainy tannins, finishing with great length. Rating: 94-94 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Dec 2014)
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