|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
(Lake Wanaka, Central Otago, 26% whole cluster, 181 cases, SRP $110, 13.5%). This is aromatically similar to the Emma’s Block with just a bit more evident spiciness. The supple and seductively textured middle of the medium-bodied flavors gives way to a mouth coating, intense and ever-so-slightly warm finish that isn’t quite so structured. This is also promising and will require time to unfold as it’s presently markedly compact. Drinking range: 2026 - Rating: 91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Oct 2020)
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Really even more expressive of the terroir than the straight Pinot, and the quality barrel component adding a tiny touch of smoke and then some more floral and cherry character. Really plush, ripe cherry flesh fruit, but then the taut power of the tannins, concentration and sheer acidity powers the finish giving tension and compression. Tinker’s Field boasts the oldest vines on the property and is named after Rippon’s founder, Rolfe Mills (Tink to his friends). Rating: 94 Tom Cannavan, www.wine-pages.com(May 2020)
This is a fascinatingly complex pinot with an aura of harmony from the very first whiff. Blueberries, violets, blue roses, freshly kneaded pastry, dark cherries, fragrant woody spices and wet schist-like, stony notes with more to come in time. The succulent, fresh and juicy tannins are so enlivening, so detailed and so full of energy. Superb, smooth, cherry-flavored fruit unfurls with majestic, articulate and commanding style. This is enlivening pinot noir at its very finest; it’s a profound expression of place, legacy and commitment to every aspect of producing great wine. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try from 2024. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 98 Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com(Oct 2019)
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 then 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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