Pinot Noir, Rippon 'Tinker's Field'
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Pinot Noir
Central Otago
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Pinot Noir, Rippon 'Tinker's Field'

99pts James Suckling/97pts Vinous
4 In Stock
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SKU: PinotNoirRipponTinkersFieldBTL

Rippon Vineyard is one of the most breathtaking sites in Central Otago. For over a century the Mills family has farmed this small patch of earth on the banks of Lake Wanaka. Nick Mills is the fourth generation of his family to walk the rows on Rippon. He now farms the site according to biodynamic principles. The Mills family and Rippon are intrinsically linked. There's a deep connection to the land which Nick translates into their superlative wines. Pinot Noir, Gamay, Riesling and Gew├╝rztraminer all excel at Rippon. The wines are made with patience and love. In the wines of Rippon, you can sense everything that is transcendent about terroir-driven winemaking where the story of a place is told through the wines it produces.

Tinker's Field is a special section of Rippon Vineyard that vigneron Nick Mills feels speaks with a unique accent. When the vintage conditions permits, a small portion of Pinot Noir grown  on the Northern slope closer to Lake Wanaka is bottled separately to tell a richer story of the season from Rippon's point of view. This is a brilliant Pinot Noir. Architecutal, structural, tense and brooding, this is one of the finest single vineyard expressions of Pinot Noir to be found anywhere on New Zealand's South Island. The 2017 vintage was extremely limited.

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. 

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