(2020) From the prime Bannockburn region of Central Otago, Valli again uses a variety of Pinot clones in its mix, this wine having loads of tobacco and spices on the nose, something like charcuterie, but a fine dark fruit edged with bay leaf, curry leaf and olive, helped by being whole-bunch fermented. Imported by New Generation Wines.
(2020) The super heavy bottle certainly stands out. From Pisa, a nice pale colour, dry attractive nose where cocoa melds with a fine ashy mineral quality, refined and racy red fruits. A few years in the bottle for this compared to most here, and that certainly adds to the sense of completeness and lovely harmony, a wine with great balance and a long, pure finish. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Lovely pale colour, and an attractive, quite mineral nose, nutty, stony and truffle, then a more exotic spiciiness comes through, toffee apple and red fruit. In the mouth it is warming, tobacco-rich and very nicely fruited, the ripe cherry and raspberry supported by the creaminess and smoothness of the suede-like tannins. Stylish.
(2020) From the Bendigo vineyard planted in 1998, an almost a toffee apple note to this, rosy apples an caramel, has chocolate and soft autumnal berries to the fruit. A really pure fruit expression, taut acidity and the tannins are smooth and creamy, very polished. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) From the same source, block 12, of the Bendigo vineyard as the Franz Ferdinand. Nutty, chewy, the oak a little more resinous at the moment but will settle down. The fruit is delicious on the palate, really pure and taut, with an extra ounce of depth and natural concentration. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) More density to the colour compared to the 2015, more flesh and more density aromatically too, lots of ripeness and opulence, coffee, chocolate and spice. Blair thinks a sight Portiness to the overripe character, but it is so pleasurable. Weighty and creamy on the palate too, and pure.
(2020) Has a touch more vegatility, truffle and mushroom than the Calvert 2018, the tannins again firm and structural, the fruit keen and savoury with a coffeeish oak presence just adding to the weight and density. Big, needs time, but juicy and delicious.
(2020) A barrel selection like the EBM Chardonnay, and spends 18 months in barrel. Lovely nose, cherry and soft, small red berries suffused with chestnut and smoke. There are higher, floral notes in there that come through as you work the aroma. Sweet and intense on the palate, the tannins very polished, the intensity feeling very natural and unforced - not over extracted, but polished and concentrated, the finish well balanced. Really good length. Not UK stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) 10% whole bunches and 100% French oak for 13 months, 33% new barrels. Nice pale colour, warming with a touch of maturing colour. Great nose, with some exotic spices and a touch of clove, the fruit is autumn berries and now a pleasing note of truffle and forest floor. The palate is dry, the tannins very fine with good balancing acids, the fruit is red berries and cream. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for a previous vintage.
(2020) Really even more expressive of the terroir than the straight Pinot, and the quality barrel component adding a tiny touch of smoke and then some more floral and cherry character. Really plush, ripe cherry flesh fruit, but then the taut power of the tannins, concentration and sheer acidity powers the finish giving tension and compression. Tinker’s Field boasts the oldest vines on the property and is named after Rippon’s founder, Rolfe Mills (Tink to his friends). No vintage stated by the only UK retailer at time of review.