2017 Tinker's Field Pinot Noir Mature Vine
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
|Other||Bio-dynamic, Practicing Organic|
It might not be as so open and welcoming as the estate’s other single-parcel Pinot, Emma's, but there are hidden depths, layering and a little more power here. You can expect plentiful concentration in this elegant and silken Pinot. It combines intensity with delicacy in a light-bodied and focused package, and reflects the cooler season with its mouthwatering freshness on the finish. There’s a festive element in terms of flavor: Christmas spices meet plums as well as violets, red cherries and garrigue. There's a fine tow of acid, and gentle tannin that has a fine stone-licking texture, providing interest on the lengthy and sinewy finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2031 Rating: 97 Rebecca Gibb MW - Vinous.com (Mar 2021)
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From a parcel of the oldest vines on the Rippon property with coarse schist gravels, this is a complex and strikingly fragrant pinot noir with aromas of blueberry, blood orange, orange peel, violet, crushed rock, moist earth, pepper and fresh-ground brown spices. The palate has a strikingly vivid and intense core of blueberry and dark-cherry flavors. So vivid, ultra pure and enigmatic, this is restrained yet powerful. The tannins shine bright on a lustrous and deep-reaching finish. Stunning. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2021)
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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