Rippon Pinot Noir ‘Tinker’s Field’ Mature Vine 2019

$160.00 inc. GST

2019 – A truly great year.

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.





A unique parcel within Rippon, Tinker’s Field is a gentle, north facing slope formed by an ancient ejection cone of coarse schist gravels and is home to the oldest vines on the property. It is named after Rippon’s visionary founder, Rolfe Mills (Tink to his friends), and the land that he had dreamed of farming since childhood.

Picked by hand into small, 10kg cases allowing the fruit to arrive at the winery’s sorting table undamaged and intact. Picked and fermented separately in 2-tonne stainless-steel fermenters.

Each parcel is fermented and matured apart before blending. 25% whole cluster. The winery’s resident yeast population (non-inoculated) took 10-12 days to complete cuvaison. The ferments reached temperatures between 12-30 Celsius.

Total time of skin contact: 17-28 days

10 months of new (17.5%) to 4 year old French oak barrels. The malolactic fermentation went through unaided (non-inoculated) in springtime; it was then racked back into barrel and allowed a second winter in neutral barrels before being run directly into bottle without filtering or fining.

Total time in barrel: 18 months

Bottling date: 19th November 2020

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Rippon Tinker’s Field Pinot Noir 2019
Posted on 29 September 2022.
A firm, structured release this year, indeed. Tasted over a few days to get the gist of it. Expressive and individual wine regardless.
It’s all about architecture and tension, firm ribbons of tannin and green-herbal elements over darker, sour-sweet cherry and brambly-undergrowth characters. All this wrapped up in a lithe, gossamer but steely-minerally and strict tannins. Amaro-like acidity feels so refreshing and life-affirming. It feels very much a wine that needs cellar time, it’s so strict and taut in this incarnation. Please, set some aside.
Rated : 94+ Points

Score 99
The compressed tannin texture is very tight and muscular. Aromas of subtle plums, dried strawberry with tea and nettles. Full-bodied yet reserved and very fine with ink well, graphite and granite undertones. Cool and sophisticated. Needs two or three years to open. From biodynamically grown grapes.
Drinkable now, but best from 2025. JamesSuckling.Com