2016 Rippon Tinkers Field Pinot Noir

96 Points Cameron Douglas MS
In stock
Single-vineyard Pinot Noir of the highest standard. A wine of precision and "unforced masculinity", the Tinker's is drawn from Rippon's oldest vines in rocky schist soils, on the gentle slopes next to Lake Wanaka. Family owned, biodynamically grown and made with the utmost care and expertise, this is an elegant and simply wonderful Pinot to decant or cellar for some time.
$106.00 in mixed 6+ or $118.00 per bottle


Pinot Noir

Its Origins

Rippon's story begins in 1912 when Sir Percy Sargood bought a high country station on the western flanks of Lake Wanaka. Three decades later, while serving in the Second World War as a submarine lieutenant, Percy's grandson, Rolfe Mills, was struck by the vines growing on the schist slopes of the Douro Valley that reminded him of those back in Wanaka and, with that, a hunch was born. In 1975, Rolfe and his wife Lois began planting experimental vines and, in 1982 began the commercial planting of the 15ha that today comprise Rippon. Biodynamic farming, wild ferments, no irrigation and some of Central Otago’s oldest vines on their own roots all help to produce fruit and wines which are true to their place.

What The Critics Say

96/100 Cameron Douglas MS

"The bouquet of this wine is complex and takes some time to let go and release its story - so decant for service please. Aromas and flavours of dark berries and plums, wild flowers and bespoke tea. No mistaking the youthful tension of tannin and acidity supported by a core of fruit and minerality then oak. Complex and lengthy finish. Very young still needing some cellar time." Drink 2024 - 2034+

99/100 James Suckling (2015 vintage)

“A sultry, stony and savoury expression, offering wild black fruit, beef stock, wet stones, woody spices and a flicker of smouldering, flinty rock. Entrancingly particular now, but there’s much more to come in time. The palate cuts a strong, powerful and contained swathe of mouth-wateringly taut tannins. Explosive and directional power on the palate with lustrous, dark fruit that holds deep into the chasm-like finish. From a single-vineyard parcel on a north-facing site that is home to the oldest vines on the property.”

Variety Pinot Noir
Region Central Otago
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2020 - 2034

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK
with GAME
with LAMB



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