99 POINTS | James Suckling
96 POINTS | Rebecca Gibb MW
Rippon has a deserved reputation as one of the most picturesque vineyards in the world and Tinker’s Field is a gentle, north facing slope and home to the oldest vines on the property. It is named after Rippon’s visionary founder, Rolfe Mills (Tink to his friends). This is fine boned, vibrant pinot that bursts with red fruits and a mineral core. Fruit weight is restrained but succulent with fine tannins. Exceptional Wanaka Pinot from bio dynamically grown grapes.
James Suckling writes "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."
Rebecca Gibb MW writes "The 2019 Pinot Noir Tinker's Field has plenty of structure and power compared with Rippon's other single vineyard cuvées. Its structured tannins take residence in your mouth as if it's sitting down and not planning on getting up any time soon, but that's in a Pinot Noir context. While there are attractive fragrances like red cherry, florals and delicate spice, this wine is about texture and stuffing that needs time to exude its true essence."