Rippon Tinker’s Field Mature Vine Pinot Noir

The ascent of its estate pinot noir elevated Rippon to the highest Five Star tier of The Great Pinot Noir Classification of Matthew Jukes and myself this year, and its even more rare Tinker’s Field is on a level of its own, with just 85 cases produced from the oldest vines of the estate. The schist gravels of the banks of Lake Wanaka impart exacting texture of delightfully fine, mineral tannins. Insane layers of exotics of all kinds traverse pepper, spice and an entire field of violets. A pinot of intense poise and time-stretching line and length. $130 at Prince.