Retrospect
Pinot Noir

Cuvée Aux Antipodes
Pinot Noir

Prophet's Rock
Pinot Noir

Infusion
Pinot Noir

Prophet's Rock
Pinot Gris

Prophet's Rock
Dry Riesling

Rocky Point
Pinot Noir

Rocky Point
Pinot Noir Rosé

Our Wines

It has been said that the essence of a place can be found in a glass of wine. This is true of the Prophet’s Rock range. We use traditional methods to make wines that give voice to the vineyards they come from.

Retrospect
Pinot Noir

The Past—the dark unfathom’d retrospect!

The teeming gulf—the sleepers and the shadows!

The past—the infinite greatness of the past!

For what is the present after all but a growth out of the past?

(As a projectile form’d, impell’d, passing a certain line, still keeps on,

So the present, utterly form’d, impell’d by the past.)

Walt Whitman, 1819 – 1892. “Passage to India”

This carefully cellared inaugural reserve wine is only released a minimum of five years after harvest. It represents a tiny selection from our Home Vineyard, grown and made to showcase our unique site with the benefit of time.

The grapes were sourced from our Home Vineyard which is located on a high-elevation, steep glacial terrace in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has clay and pedogenic lime soil, featuring schist and quartz.

Cellaring will reward collectors over the next 10+ years from vintage.

708 bottles were made.

Due to limited volume, please contact us directly for availability or allocation.
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This carefully cellared reserve wine is only released a minimum of five years after harvest. It represents a tiny selection from our Home Vineyard, grown and made to showcase our unique site with the benefit of time.

720 bottles were produced

VINEYARD:

The grapes were sourced from our Home Vineyard which is located on a high-elevation, steep glacial terrace in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has clay and pedogenic lime soil, featuring schist and quartz.

Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour

VINTAGE NOTES:

The 2012 season was even and warm from late Spring through Summer with a long dry Autumn. These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked on the 16th of April

WINEMAKING

The grapes were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the fermenters. Fermentation took place using only indigenous “wild” yeast. The wine was gently hand-plunged and once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was drawn off its skins into barrel. The wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy forests and cooperages, of which 35% were new. Bottled under diam cork which are certified taint-free.

This wine was bottled unfiltered on the 18th of December 2013. We recommend careful decanting prior to service. This wine will reward collectors over the next 10+ years from vintage.

Cellaring will reward collectors over the next 10+ years from vintage.

720 bottles were made.

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This carefully cellared inaugural reserve wine is only released a minimum of five years after harvest. It represents a tiny selection from our Home Vineyard, grown and made to showcase our unique site with the benefit of time.

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708 bottles were produced

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VINEYARD:
The grapes were sourced from our Home Vineyard which is located on a high-elevation, steep glacial terrace in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has clay and pedogenic lime soil, featuring schist and quartz.

Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during   the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE NOTES:
The 2010 season was even but slightly cool through Spring followed by a good Summer and long dry Autumn. These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked mid – late April

WINEMAKING
The grapes were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the fermenters. Fermentation took place using only indigenous “wild” yeast. The wine was gently hand-plunged and once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was drawn off its skins into barrel. The wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy forests and cooperages, of which 35% were new. Bottled under diam cork which are certified taint-free.

This wine was bottled unfiltered on the 8th of February 2012. We recommend careful decanting prior to service.

Cellaring will reward collectors over the next 10+ years from vintage.

708 bottles were made.

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2010 Vintage

Flagship wine that’s a barrel selection made in very small quantities (this vintage produced 708 bottles). 2010 was an excellent vintage. Although the wine is still a little closed and tight, it does reveal appealing mineral, black cherry, violets, spice and thyme flavours. A dense, still youthful Pinot Noir with a lovely texture
Bob Campbell, MW (96 points. March 2016)
Ranked 3/147 Central Otago Pinot Noirs from the 2010 vintage

 

Just 708 bottles of this barrel selection were produced; 2010 was an excellent vintage. Still a little closed and tight, it does reveal appealing mineral, black cherry, violets and spice/thyme flavours. Dense, still youthful with a wonderful texture
Gourmet Wine Traveller. (96/100, 5 stars. August/ September 2016)

 

Released in 2016, the 2010 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Bendigo. A rare wine (only 708 bottles were produced), it was made from ‘the best fruit’, says winemaker Paul Pujol, given the same oak handling as the standard wine. Slowly evolving, deep and still youthful in colour, it’s a powerful red with notably concentrated, ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, very deep, savoury and complex. Still unfolding, it’s full of potential.
Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2016 + 2017 (5 stars. May 2016)

 

Powerful, graceful and intensely seductive, this formidable pinot is filled with dark berry, game, mixed spice, violet and truffle characters. The palate is concentrated and plush, velvety and expansive, and finishes persistent and seamless. A wonderful combination of awesome fruit richness with savoury nuances, making the wine both refined and delectable. This inaugural reserve wine is released after five years of maturation. At its best: now to 2023
Wine Orbit (97 Points / 5 stars. March 2016)

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Cuvée Aux Antipodes
Pinot Noir

The Cuvée Aux Antipodes is the meeting of two winemakers from the two hemispheres, Paul Pujol and François Millet . The Old and the New World seemingly so distant, join here in a human and winemaking adventure with a common passion for Pinot Noir and the beauty of its terroirs.

The grapes were sourced from our Home Vineyard which is located on a high-elevation, steep glacial terrace in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has clay and pedogenic lime soil, featuring schist and quartz.

Cellaring will reward collectors over the next 10+ years from vintage.

Only 293 cases were made.

Due to limited volume, please contact us directly for availability or allocation.
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Prophet’s Rock Cuvée Aux Antipodes Pinot Noir 2015

This inaugural collaboration Cuvée expresses the common passion for Pinot Noir of two winemakers from two hemispheres. This project achieves a true expression of François Millet’s old-world approach with a small parcel of our Home Vineyard.

293 cases (12) were produced

Vineyard

The grapes were sourced from one small block on our Home Vineyard which is located on a high-elevation, steep glacial terrace in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has clay and pedogenic lime soil, featuring schist and quartz.

Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during   the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

Vintage Notes

The 2015 season was cool and mixed through Spring followed by a warm and stable Summer and long dry Autumn. These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked 31st of March.

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% destemmed. Fermentation took place using only indigenous “wild” yeast. The wine received minimal extraction and once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was drawn off its skins into barrel. The wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels, of which 33% were new. Bottled under diam cork which are certified taint-free.

This wine was bottled unfiltered on the 11th of November 2016. We recommend careful decanting prior to service.

 

Cellaring will reward collectors over the next 10+ years from vintage.

 

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Prophet's Rock
Pinot Noir

Our flagship Pinot Noir – Sourced from our ‘Home Vineyard’ on a steep, elevated terrace in the Bendigo sub-region. Here, altitude, climate, fascinating soils and meticulous viticulture combine to produce Pinot Noir with stature and concentration. Pinot Noir is the largest part of our production and a complete no-compromise obsession.

The foundation of this wine is our focus on delivering low-yielding concentrated fruit that expresses our vineyard. In the winery, we employ traditional old world techniques; the grapes are handled gently and the wines are fermented using only the indigenous yeast from the vineyard.

The wines are aged in barrel for 15-18 months before being bottled unfiltered, and are cellared before release. Since the first release in 2005, the Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir has consistently been one of the best-reviewed Pinot Noirs in New Zealand.

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Wonderful lifted fruit, floral and spice aromatics, rich, silky smooth, complex. An absolute pleasure and a fine example of what makes top Central Otago Pinot Noir so special.

Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.61
TA: 5.4 g/l

Pinot Noir Clones: Clone 5, 114, 667, 777
Quantity Produced: 2,546 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: None

VINEYARD:
The grapes were sourced from our Bendigo estate vineyard on the impressive North-facing slopes of Chinaman’s Terrace, located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has soil featuring clay and chalk mixed with schist and quartz.

Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour. Yields on the Prophet’s Rock vineyards are kept very low, in this vintage 35hl/ha.

VINTAGE 2013 NOTES:
After a strong spring weather was mixed through Christmas and New Year. From the second week of January the weather improved with even warm temperatures through the rest of summer and autumn, allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked mid-April.

WINEMAKING
The grapes were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the fermenters. Fermentation took place using only indigenous “wild” yeast. The wine was gently hand-plunged occasionally and once alcoholic fermentation was complete,the wine was drawn off its skins into barrel. The wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy forests and cooperages, of which 35% were new. Bottled unfiltered under Diam cork which are certified taint-free.

WINE:
Rich ruby in colour displaying rich red berry fruit, spice and floral aromas on the nose leading on to an elegant well-structured palate. The rich aromatics are accompanied by silky tannin and well-balanced acidity leading on to a long finish. This wine will reward cellaring over the next 6-10 years from vintage

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Wonderful lifted fruit, floral and spice aromatics, rich, silky smooth, complex. An absolute pleasure and a fine example of what makes top Central Otago Pinot Noir so special.

Alcohol: 13.0%
pH: 3.76
TA: 5.4 g/l

Pinot Noir Clones: Clone 5, 114, 115, 667, 777
Quantity Produced: 968 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: None

VINEYARD:
The grapes were sourced from our Bendigo estate vineyard on the impressive North-facing slopes of Chinaman’s Terrace, located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has soil featuring clay and chalk mixed with schist and quartz.

Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour. Yields on the Prophet’s Rock vineyards are kept very low, in this vintage 35hl/ha.

VINTAGE 2012 NOTES:
After a warm Spring, the 2012 season rolled into a spectacular Summer leading into a warm & dry Autumn. This allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked mid-late April.

WINEMAKING
The grapes were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 95% destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the fermenters. Fermentation took place using only indigenous “wild” yeast. The wine was gently hand-plunged and once alcoholic fermentation was complete,the wine was drawn off its skins into barrel. The wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy forests and cooperages, of which 35% were new. Bottled under diam cork which are certified taint-free.

WINE:
Rich ruby in colour, the 2012 Pinot Noir displays rich red berry fruit, spice and floral aromas on the nose leading on to an elegant well-structured palate. The rich aromatics are accompanied by silky tannin and well-balanced acidity leading on to a long finish. This versatile food wine will complement a wide range of cuisine and is a great match with duck, venison and other game as well as lamb and salmon. This wine will reward cellaring over the next 6-10 years from vintage

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Wonderful lifted fruit, floral and spice aromatics, rich, silky smooth, complex. An absolute pleasure and a fine example of what makes top Central Otago Pinot Noir so special.

Alcohol: 14.0%
pH: 3.66
TA: 6.0 g/l

Pinot Noir Clones: Clone 5, 114, 115, 667, 777
Quantity Produced: 993 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: None

VINEYARD:
The grapes were sourced from our Bendigo estate vineyard on the impressive North-facing slopes of Chinaman’s Terrace, located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has soil featuring clay and chalk mixed with schist and quartz.

Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour. Yields on the Prophet’s Rock vineyards are kept very low, in this vintage 35hl/ha.

VINTAGE 2011 NOTES:
After a very warm Spring, the 2011 season had a mixed weather through early summer leading into a warm and dry Autumn. This allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked mid-late April.

WINEMAKING
The grapes were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 95% destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the fermenters. Fermentation took place using only indigenous “wild” yeast. The wine was gently hand-plunged and once alcoholic fermentation was complete,the wine was drawn off its skins into barrel. The wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy forests and cooperages, of which 35% were new. Bottled under diam cork which are certified taint-free.

WINE:
Rich ruby in colour, the Prophet’s Rock 2011 displays rich red berry fruit and floral aromas on the nose leading on to an elegant well-structured palate. The rich aromatics are enhanced by silky tannin and well-balanced acidity leading on to a long finish. This is a versatile food wine that will complement a wide range of cuisine and is a great match with lamb, game and salmon. This wine will reward cellaring for those with patience over the next 6-10 years from vintage.

 

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Wonderful lifted fruit, floral and spice aromatics, rich, silky smooth, complex. An absolute pleasure and a fine example of what makes top Central Otago Pinot Noir so special.

Alcohol: 13.9%
pH: 3.63
TA: 6.3 g/l

Pinot Noir Clones: Clone 5, 114, 115, 667, 777
Quantity Produced: 990 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: None

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Bendigo estate vineyard, on the impressive North-facing slopes of Chinaman’s Terrace., located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has soil structures featuring clay and chalk sub-soils mixed with schist and quartz. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE 2010 NOTES:
The 2010 season was even and slightly cool through Spring followed by a good Summer and long dry Autumn. These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked mid – late April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 95% destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the fermenters. Fermentation took place using only indigenous “wild” yeast. The wine was gently hand-plunged and once alcoholic fermentation was complete,the wine was drawn off its skins into barrel. The wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy forests and cooperages, of which 35% were new. Bottled under diam cork which are certified taint-free.

WINE NOTES:
“ Concentrated, savoury and firmly structured, it is deeply coloured, with strong, youthful cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing good complexity, and obvious potential.”
Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines (5 Stars)

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Deep concentrated fruit, floral and spice aromatics, rich, silky smooth, complex, absolute pleasure and fine example of what makes top Central Otago Pinot Noir so special.

Brix at Harvest: 24.1
Alcohol: 14%
pH: 3.61
TA: 6.3 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir Clones: Clone 5, Abel, 114, 115, 667, 777
Quantity Produced: 3500 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: Dry

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our two estate vineyards located in the Pisa and Bendigo sub-regions of Central Otago. The Pisa Vineyard features warm free draining Lochar and Waenga soils and excellent exposure to the evening sun. The Bendigo Vineyard is located on the impressive north-facing slopes of Chinaman’s Terrace. This stunning site has fascinating soil structures featuring clay and chalk sub-soils mixed with schist and quartz. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE 2006 NOTES:
A warm and early start was followed by a typically hot and dry Central Otago summer ensuring full ripeness before picking from mid-March to mid-April period.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the fermenters. After an extended cold soak the wines started fermentation with indigenous “wild” yeast. The fermenting wine was hand-plunged only and once alcoholic fermentation was complete the wine was drawn off its skins to barrel. The wine spent 15 months in French oak barriques from a variety of Burgundy cooperages and forests of which 35% were new. The wine was bottled unfiltered under premium quality cork.

WINE NOTES:
Dark ruby in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2006 shows rich boysenberry, dark cherry with floral and spice aromas on the nose leading on to a smooth dense well-structured palate. Here the rich aromatics are enhanced by silky tannin and well-balanced acidity adding structure before leading on to a long rich finish. A versatile food wine that will complement a wide range of cuisine, this wine is a great match with lamb, game and salmon and will continue to provide great enjoyment to those with patience over the next 3-10 years.

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Deep concentrated fruit, floral and spice aromatics, rich, silky smooth, complex, absolute pleasure and fine example of what makes top Central Otago Pinot Noir so special.

Brix at Harvest: 24.1
Alcohol: 14%
pH: 3.55
TA: 6.3 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir Clones: Clone 5, Abel, 114, 115, 667, 777
Quantity Produced: 1953 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: None

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Bendigo estate vineyard located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The Bendigo Vineyard is located on the impressive north-facing slopes of Chinaman’s Terrace. This stunning site has fascinating soil structures featuring clay and chalk sub-soils mixed with schist and quartz. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE 2007 NOTES:
The 2007 season was typified by a cool start followed by a long warm autumn allowing extended ripening and full aromatic expression from a very low yield. The grapes were picked in mid April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 95% destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the fermenters. After an extended cold soak the wines started fermentation with indigenous “wild” yeast. The fermenting wine was hand-plunged only and once alcoholic fermentation was complete the wine was drawn off its skins to barrel. The wine spent 16 months in French oak barriques from a variety of Burgundy cooperages and forests of which 35% were new. The wine was bottled unfiltered under premium quality cork.

WINE NOTES:
Dark ruby in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2007 shows rich boysenberry, dark cherry with floral and spice aromas on the nose leading on to an elegant well-structured palate. Here the rich aromatics are enhanced by silky tannin and well-balanced acidity adding structure before leading on to a long rich finish. A versatile food wine that will complement a wide range of cuisine, this wine is a great match with lamb, game and salmon and will continue to provide great enjoyment to those with patience over the next 3-10 years.

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Wonderful lifted fruit, floral and spice aromatics, rich, silky smooth, complex, absolute pleasure and fine example of what makes top Central Otago Pinot Noir so special.

Brix at Harvest: 23.8
Alcohol: 13.4%
pH: 3.66
TA: 5.6 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir Clones: Clone 5, 114, 115, 777
Quantity Produced: 2406 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: None

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Bendigo estate vineyard located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The Bendigo Vineyard is located on the impressive  north-facing slopes of Chinaman’s Terrace. This stunning site has fascinating soil  structures featuring clay and chalk sub-soils mixed with schist and quartz. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE 2009 NOTES:
The 2009 season had a slightly early start and a cool period in late summer. The rest of the season was dry and even with a long autumn allowing extended ripening and full aromatic expression from a low yield. The grapes were picked in mid to late April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 95% destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the fermenters. After an extended cold soak the wines started fermentation with indigenous “wild” yeast. The fermenting wine was hand-plunged only and once alcoholic fermentation was complete the wine was drawn off its skins to barrel. The wine spent 18 months in French oak barriques from a variety of Burgundy cooperages and forests of which 37% were new.

WINE NOTES:
Bright ruby in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2009 shows rich raspberry and cherry with floral and spice aromas on the nose leading on to an elegant well-structured palate. Here the rich aromatics are enhanced by silky tannin and well-balanced acidity adding structure before leading on to a long rich finish. A versatile food wine that will complement a wide range of cuisine, this wine is a great match with lamb, game and salmon and will continue to provide great enjoyment to those with patience over the next 3-8 years.

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2014 Vintage

An elegant and charming bouquet of light savoury moments, wild flowers and red berry fruits, a layer of newer oak and related wood spices add depth and complexity. On the palate – fleshy, dry, fruity and tense with youthful yet fine and silky tannins, medium+ acidity and layers of wood spice and brown toasty spice especially vanilla and clove. Lengthy finish, balanced and well made.

Cameron Douglas, MS (93 Points. March 2017)

 

2013 Vintage

Selected for Metro Magazine’s Top 50 Wines Autumn/ Winter 2017

 

100% destemmed and grown on a glacial terrace of chalk and lime. Really pretty with notes of wild cherry and cherry bark and light forest accents this wine offers richer complex scents that carry from the nose then lifted through the palate. The palate offers pleasing density while still feeling delicate with deep red violet fruits sprinkled through with spice and a savory element through a long finish. Supple, lightly tactile tannin comes in with balancing acidity for a nice sense of delicacy and persistent

Elaine Brown. Waka Waka Wine Reviews (January 2017)

 

Paul Pujol made five small tanks of this wine. One got no pumpovers or plunging, and had no stems. The rest got one hand plunge, and were in tank for 28-32 days, and again, no stems were used. Lovely aromatics: fresh red cherries, fine herbs, a touch of cedar. The palate is structured and quite firm with good tannins and lovely purity. Very fresh with a bit of tannic bite under the sweet fruit. Lovely focus to this wine.

Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak (95/100. January 2017)

 

100% destemmed and grown on a glacial terrace of chalk and lime. Really pretty with notes of wild cherry and cherry bark and light forest accents this wine offers richer complex scents that carry from the nose then lifted through the palate. The palate offers pleasing density while still feeling delicate with deep red violet fruits sprinkled through with spice and a savory element through a long finish. Supple, lightly tactile tannin comes in with balancing acidity for a nice sense of delicacy and persistent.

Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews (January 2017)

 

This consistently rewarding red is estate-grown at a high altitude site at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin. Barrel-aged for 17 months (35 per cent new oak) and bottled unfiltered, the 2013 vintage is the first to be labelled ‘Home Vineyard’. Fragrant and deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling, vibrant and savoury, with concentrated, ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, showing good complexity. Already delicious, it’s a drink-now or cellaring proposition.

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2017 (4.5 stars. December 2016)

 

Elegant, sophisticated and ripe with a generous bundle of red fruit aromas, firm and poignant use of new oak; plenty of mineral moments and overall complex bouquet. On the palate – equally sophisticated, ripe and flavourful; no mistaking the oak or mineral or acidity – collectively showing great potential and cellar-ability. Long even and concentrated finish.

Cameron Douglas MW (95 Points. March 2016)

 

Prophet’s Rock is only just releasing its 2013 pinot, given it spends longer than most maturing in barrel and then bottle. It’s a harmonious wine with ripe, supple and concentrated Morello cherry fruit and notes of earth, spice & mineral

Jo Burzynska, NZ Herald February 2016

 

Quiet a dense and perfumed Pinot Noir, velvet textured and vibrant wine, with an appealing mix of ripe red fruits and subtle spices. Should age well.

Rated # 5 of 105 Pinot Noir’s tasted from Central Otago 2013 vintage

Bob Campbell, Wine 360 (95, 5 stars, Gold Ribbon. May 2015)

 

Paul’s Pinot Noirs are a bit different. The extraction is very light: just one hand plunge and no whole bunch, and then around 17 months in barrel with no racking. We tried 2013, 2010 and 2007, and all were quite lovely, especially the first two. These are proper wines with lovely acidity, structure and presence. Fine, textural wines that are among the best in the region

Jamie Goode (January 2016)

 

Beautifully styled as always, the lifted bouquet shows dark berry, savoury mushroom, cured meat and clove notes. It is intense and concentrated on the palate with excellent fruit ripeness and silky texture, brilliantly structured by bright acidity and fine, delicately drying tannins. Poise, elegance, complexity and power, all in one. At its best: now to 2023.

Wine Orbit (95 points / 5 stars. March 2016)

 

Deepish ruby-red colour with a suggestion of garnet. This has a firm and tight core on the nose with aromas of savoury red berry fruits harmoniously melded with subtle notes of thyme herbs, earth and undergrowth, unfolding red floral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and luscious, vibrant and juicy, complex flavours of savoury red berry fruits entwined with red florals, dried herbs, nuances of earth and minerals and undergrowth. The fruit richness is supported by very fine-grained tannin extraction that provides good structure and grip, as well as linearity. Poised acidity lends tension and energy, driving the palate to a long and sustained finish of red fruits and earth. This is a serious, fine-structured, sweet red-fruited Pinot Noir with complex flavours and a lively mouthfeel and line. It will match game meat and casseroles over the next 6-8+ years. Clones 5, 777, 667, 114, 115 and a small portion of clone 6, from the ‘Home’ vineyard on clay and chalk soils, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine undergoing minimal extraction with one hand plunging and two short pump overs, and aged 17 months in 35% new French oak.

Raymond Chan (Score: 5 stars. April 2016)

 

2013 Vintage Awards

TexSom International Wine Awards 2016 Silver Medal

 

2012 Vintage

Lovely Pinot Noir with an appealing, perfumed aroma of ripe cherry, plum and a suggestion of violets (thyme?). Lovely structure, with an emphasis on fruit rather than savoury characters. Very elegant wine indeed

Rate # 4 of 115 Pinot Noir’s tasted from Central Otago 2012 vintage

Bob Campbell, Wine 360 (96, 5 stars, Gold Ribbon. May 2015)

 

Bright, juicy plum and black cherry notes form the core, with hints of sandalwood and red licorice, all supported by thick tannins. Tangy acidity keeps the flavors fresh and bright. The tannins turn chewy on the finish, with a mineral note. Drink now through 2030

Wine Spectator (Score: 88/100. September 2015)

 

Elegant nose of black and red fruits, good spices and oak level on a very well-balanced palate with a good, long finish,’ said Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don, while team leader Sam Caporn MW added: ‘Lovely fragrance, balance and structure. Tasty.’

Sommelier Wine Awards 2016 (Silver Medal April 2016)

 

2012 Vintage Awards

 

TexSom International Wine Awards 2016 Gold Medal

Sommelier Wine Awards 2016 Silver Medal

 

2011 Vintage

The 2011 vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown at a high-altitude site at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and matured for 17 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new ). Full and bright in colour, it is mouthfilling and savoury, with strong plum/spice flavours, showing very good complexity, hints of dried herbs and nuts, good tannin backbone, and obvious cellaring potential. Best drinking 2016+.

Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2015 (November 2014)

 

Rich and powerful style. This is a big bugger – very spicy and masculine. The alcohol is a little warm, and the acid is firm, leaving a rather tight finish.

Rebecca Gibb, MW (Score – 17/20. April 2015)

 

2010 Vintage

Good medium red. Ripe aromas of black cherry, mocha and chocolate are complicated by an herbal nuance. Sweet and juicy in the mouth, with a dusty, fine-grained texture to the dark cherry, spice and herb flavors. Finishes savory and spicy, with good energy and a repeating herbal quality.

Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Score 88. Issue 176 September – October 2014)

 

The 2010 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at a high-altitude site at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and matured for 16 months in French oak barriques. Concentrated, savoury and firmly structured, it is deeply coloured, with strong, youthful cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing good complexity, and obvious potential. Open 2014+

Michael Cooper.co.nz (5 stars)

 

Very full, very dark, black-hued red with youthful purple hues. The bouquet is very full and solidly packed, unfolding interwoven layers of black and dark red berry fruits, with floral perfumes and a subtle dried herb and savoury, gamey underlay suggesting whole clusters. Full-bodied, the fruit is initially restrained, but blossoms to show an array of ripe, dark red and black berry fruits intermixed with black cherries and plums, along with dried herbs and savoury game nuances. This is fulsome, weighty and mouthfilling, with a smooth, integrated mouthfeel and texture. The tannins are very fine-grained and supple, but there is significant extract and structure. The fruit sweetness prevails and carries the palate to a long, succulently sweet finish. This is a fulsome and solid wine with integrated black fruit flavours and mouthfeel.

Raymond Chan Independent Reviews (Score 18.5/20, 5 Stars. March 2014)

 

A high terrace at 400 m. This vineyard has a lens of chalk, which is actually pedogenic lime, with minerals in the rain accumulated in the soil by evaporation. Ripe and fresh with lovely supple cherry fruit. Quite an elegant style: supple and alive, showing finesse and a lightness of touch. 94/100

Jamie Goode’s selection of the best New Zealand Pinot Noirs/ Wine Anorak (Score 94/100)

 

2009 Vintage

Beautiful pale Pinot that is ageing fabulously. Fine red cherries with some dried herbs and good structure and acid here.

Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak (94/100. February 2017)

 

The 2009 vintage was estate-grown at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new.) Ruby hued, it is sweet-fruited and supple, with moderately concentrated cherry and spice flavours, showing good, savoury complexity, and a deliciously soft texture. Drink now or cellar.

Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines 2012 (5 stars)

 

From Bendigo on a pocket of clay and chalk soil. Fine-boned and attractively perfumed Pinot Noir with restrained cherry, mineral, floral and spice. Surprisingly powerful for a wine that doesn’t have an enormously deep colour. Supple, elegant wine with a silken texture

Bob Campbell, MW (Score – 90/100. September 2011)

 

2007 Vintage

From a small cropping vintage in Central Otago, this also shows that concentration and presence combined with Prophet Rock’s typical elegance. The bouquet is fragrant and complex displaying game, spice, red/black cherry and floral characters. It’s finely textured on the palate with superb ripeness and generosity, leading to a long velvety finish. It’s opulent and powerful, yet firmly structured. At its beset: now to 2018

Wine Orbit (Score – 95/100, 5 stars. October 2011)

 

Lovely cedary complexity, masses of fruit and a little more finess than the 2006. Balanced and deliciously moreish on the palate, the fruit has a much more sinewy, elegantly muscular character and lovely length.

Wine-pages.com (Score – 92/100)

 

2006 Vintage

Medium to deep ruby colour. Profound nose of violets, moss, cooked beets and dark chocolate covered cherries. The palate is elegant, crisp and complex with a minerally, savoury character supported by a medium level of finely grained tannis. Very long finish.

Erobertparker.com (Score 93/100. Tasted October 2008)

 

Big, sweet, cedary nose with lots of herbs and spices. The palate has loads of substance, with plenty of extract and spice and loads of firm, solid fruit. Big but delicious

Wine-pages.com (Score – 91/100)

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Infusion
Pinot Noir

Best served lightly chilled, our Infusion Pinot Noir is a pure, gentle expression of our two estate vineyards. Located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago, both of our stunning sites are on elevated steep terraces.

This Pinot Noir was made without the normal extraction from the grape skins during fermentation. Instead, the wine was fermented using indigenous ‘wild’ in yeast in old barrels after being pressed and removed from its skins. The result is a moreish wine with great freshness and vibrancy.

This wine was bottled on the 8th September, 2016. 112 cases were made.

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Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir Infusion 2016

Alc: 13%                      pH: 3.54                      TA: 6.0g/l                   RS: Nil                       Cases: 112 Cases (12)

Vineyard

The grapes for our Infusion Pinot Noir are sourced 80% from a single block on our Rocky Point Vineyard and 20% from the Home Vineyard. Both vineyards are in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago and are on elevated, steep terraces. The Rocky Point Vineyard is on schist rock based soil, and the Home Vineyard has clay and chalk based soil mixed with schist and quartz.

Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

Vintage Notes

After a good start to spring, weather was mixed and very cool through November. December through to March was very warm and very dry. Stable weather through early autumn allowed good ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked late-March at Rocky Point, and 9th April at the Home Vineyard.

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was destemmed with a high proportion of whole berries going into the tanks.

This Pinot Noir was made without the normal extraction from the grape skins during fermentation. Instead, 80% of the grapes spent only 48 hours with their skins before being pressed and fermented in old barrels. The wine was fermented using indigenous ‘wild’ yeast, and to retain freshness did not go through malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its yeast lees until bottling on the 8th of September, 2016.

The Wine

Best served lightly chilled, our Infusion Pinot Noir is a pure, gentle expression of our two estate vineyards. The wine displays loads of red berry fruits, spices, with mouth-watering freshness and a long finish. The combination of freshness whilst retaining some Pinot Noir structure means this is a very versatile food wine. Great as a light red option with cured meats and starters, this may also be the best pizza wine we’ve ever made.

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Prophet's Rock
Pinot Gris

The Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris comes from both our Home and Rocky Point vineyards. Planting in these warmer areas of Central Otago and practising careful viticulture allows us to produce a very aromatic style of Pinot Gris, while retaining the trademark freshness of the region. This wine has achieved an avid following and wide acclaim, despite very limited production.

The vinification is heavily influenced by Paul’s time in Alsace where use of wild yeast, multiple small vessels and long ageing are the norm. After long slow ferments the various components are aged on their yeast lees before bottling.

This is a truly aromatic expression of Pinot Gris and a marvellous food wine. The Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris has received exceptional reviews since the first release in 2007 and has been a matched wine on the degustation menu at Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin three-starred restaurant The Fat Duck. Winner of the Air New Zealand Fine Wine Award for New Zealand’s top iconic wines since the award started in 2016.

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Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris 2016

Alc: 13.0%                  pH: 3.24                      TA: 6.0g/l                   RS: 11g/l                      Cases: 1,198 Cases (6)

Vineyard

The grapes for this wine were hand-picked from both Prophet’s Rock estate vineyards. One site has warm free draining predominantly schist soils with some of the steepest planted blocks in Central Otago. Whilst the other has fascinating soil structures featuring clay and chalk sub-soils mixed with schist and quartz. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour. Yields on both sites were kept very low and did not exceed 38hl/ha or 5t/ha.

Vintage Notes

The grapes for this wine were hand-picked from our two vineyards between the 30th of March and the 17th of April. After a mixed spring including a cold snap at the end of October, the 2016 growing season was relatively stable and warm right through until the end of our harvest, providing great ripening conditions. Interestingly, following an overnight snowfall there was a rare mid-summer frost in the region on the 4th of January, our vineyards were unaffected.

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling on the 28th February 2017. Out of respect for our vineyards, this wine has not been subjected to cold stabilisation, so harmless crystals or ‘wine diamonds’ may form during extended ageing. Bottled under Diam cork which are certified taint-free

The Wine

A wide spectrum of aromatics from pear and white peach, citrus, quince and spice notes with an underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the palate, highlighted by crisp acidity and a long finish. The texture, freshness and concentrated aromatics mean that this wine will harmonise will with a wide range of dishes. Consider white meats, seafood and fish, the wine will also work well with mildly spiced dishes.

This wine will reward careful cellaring over the next 6 – 10+ years from vintage

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Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris 2015

Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.36
TA: 5.2 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris Clone: Ovaille Selection
Quantity Produced: 1766 (6-bottle) cases
Residual Sugar: 12.5 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked from both Prophet’s Rock estate vineyards. One site has warm free draining predominantly schist soils with some of the steepest planted blocks in Central Otago. Whilst the other has fascinating soil structures featuring clay and chalk sub-soils mixed with schist and quartz. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour. Yields on both sites were kept very low and did not exceed 38hl/ha or 5t/ha

VINTAGE :
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked from our two vineyards between the 26th of March and the 12th of April. After a cool and mixed spring, the 2015 growing season was very stable and warm through until the end of our harvest, providing great ripening conditions. Interestingly, it snowed at our vineyards on the 13th of April, the day after we finished all picking.

WINE-MAKING :
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling on the 10th of December 2015. Out of respect for our vineyards, this wine has not been subjected to cold stabilisation, so harmless crystals or ‘wine diamonds’ may form during extended ageing.

Bottled under Diam cork which are certified taint-free

THE WINE :

A wide spectrum of aromatics from pear and white peach, citrus, quince and spice notes with an underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the palate, highlighted by crisp acidity and a long finish. The texture, freshness and concentrated aromatics mean that this wine will harmonise will with a wide range of dishes. Consider white meats, seafood and fish, the wine will also work well with mildly spiced dishes.

This wine will reward careful cellaring over the next 5 – 8+ years from vintage

 

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Wonderfully aromatic example of top Pinot Gris. Fantastic fruit and spice aromas, concentrated with a long dry finish. Complex, absolute pleasure and shows what Pinot Gris in Central Otago is capable of.

Brix at Harvest: 23.7
Alcohol: 13%
pH: 3.23
TA: 8.0 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris Clone: Ovaille Selection
Quantity Produced: 1815 (6-bottle) cases
Residual Sugar: 11.6 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked from both Prophet’s Rock estate vineyards. One site has warm free draining predominantly schist soils with some of the steepest planted blocks in Central Otago. Whilst the other has fascinating soil structures featuring clay and chalk sub-soils mixed with schist and quartz. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour.

VINTAGE 2014 NOTES:
The 2014 vintage had a good Spring & early Summer, some mixed weather in March followed by excellent Autumn conditions, allowing extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. Grapes were picked in early April.

WINE-MAKING NOTES:

The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling on the 20th of January 2015.

Bottled under Diam cork which are certified taint-free.

WINE NOTES:
A wide spectrum of aromatics from pear and white peach, citrus, quince and spice notes with an underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the palate, highlighted by crisp acidity and a long finish. The texture, freshness and concentrated aromatics mean that this wine will harmonise will with a wide range of dishes. Consider white meats, seafood and fish, the wine will also work well with mildly spiced dishes. This wine will reward careful cellaring over the next 5 – 7 years from vintage.

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Wonderfully aromatic example of top Pinot Gris. Fantastic fruit and spice aromas, concentrated with a long dry finish. Complex, absolute pleasure and shows what Pinot Gris in Central Otago is capable of.

Brix at Harvest: 23.7
Alcohol: 13%
pH: 3.25
TA: 6.9 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris Clone: Ovaille Selection
Quantity Produced: 408 (6-bottle) cases
Residual Sugar: 16 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This site features warm free draining soils featuring schist and alluvial river stones over sandy gravels. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE 2013 NOTES:
The 2013 season had a mixed Spring and early summer then enjoyed very warm temperatures right through Autumn, allowing extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in mid-April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous (‘wild’) yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its lees prior to bottling on the 10th of April 2014. The wine was bottled under Diam cork.

WINE NOTES:
This richly textured and aromatic wine is a great match with a diverse range of cuisine. Enjoy now or cellar with confidence over the next 5 years.

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Wonderfully aromatic example of top Pinot Gris. Fantastic fruit and spice aromas, concentrated with a long dry finish. Complex, absolute pleasure and shows what Pinot Gris in Central Otago is capable of.

Brix at Harvest: 24.1
Alcohol: 13%
pH: 3.29
TA: 6.0 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris Clone: Clone 2/15
Quantity Produced: 996 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: 14 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from a vineyard located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This site features warm free draining soils featuring schist and quartz over sandy gravels and excellent north-facing exposure to the sun. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE 2007 NOTES:
The 2007 season was typified by a cool start followed by a long warm Summer and dry cool Autumn allowing extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in mid April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous (‘wild’) yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its lees prior to bottling in November. The wine was bottled under premium quality cork.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2007 displays a wide spectrum of aromatics from pear, peach and citrus peel to quince and spice notes with an underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and long lingering palate. The freshness, aromatics and concentration of this wine mean it will harmonize with a diverse range of Asian and Pacific Rim dishes, fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Good acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 5010 years…

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Wonderfully aromatic example of top Pinot Gris. Fantastic fruit and spice aromas, concentrated with a long dry finish. Complex, absolute pleasure and shows what Pinot Gris in Central Otago is capable of.

Brix at Harvest: 24.5
Alcohol: 14%
pH: 3.29
TA: 6.9 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris Clone: Ovaille Selection
Quantity Produced: 1100 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: 15 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from a vineyard located in the Pisa sub-region of Central Otago. This site features warm free draining soils featuring schist and alluvial river stones over sandy gravels. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE 2008 NOTES:
The 2008 season was typified by an early start followed by a long warm Summer and dry cool Autumn allowing extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in mid April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous (‘wild’) yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its lees prior to bottling in November. The wine was bottled under premium quality cork.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2008 displays a wide spectrum of aromatics from pear, peach and citrus peel to quince and spice notes with an underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and long lingering palate. The freshness, aromatics and concentration of this wine mean it will harmonize with a diverse range of Asian and Pacific Rim dishes, fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Good acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 5 years…

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Wonderfully aromatic example of top Pinot Gris. Fantastic fruit and spice aromas, concentrated with a long dry finish. Complex, absolute pleasure and shows what Pinot Gris in Central Otago is capable of.

Brix at Harvest: 24.5
Alcohol: 13.2%
pH: 3.29
TA: 6.9 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris Clone: Ovaille Selection
Quantity Produced: 1702 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: 15 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from a vineyard located in the Pisa sub-region of Central Otago. This site features warm free draining soils featuring schist and alluvial river stones over sandy gravels. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE 2009 NOTES:
The 2009 season was typified by a settled early season followed by a cool February and a long dry Autumn.  These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in mid April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous (‘wild’) yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its lees prior to bottling in February 2010. The wine was bottled under Diam cork.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2009 displays a wide spectrum of aromatics from pear, peach and citrus peel to quince and spice notes with an underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and long lingering palate. The freshness, aromatics and concentration of this wine mean it will harmonize with a diverse range of Asian and Pacific Rim dishes, fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Good acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 5 years…

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Wonderfully aromatic example of top Pinot Gris. Fantastic fruit and spice aromas, concentrated with a long dry finish. Complex, absolute pleasure and shows what Pinot Gris in Central Otago is capable of.

Brix at Harvest: 23.7
Alcohol: 13.2%
pH: 3.31
TA: 6.9 g/l

Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris Clone: Ovaille Selection
Quantity Produced: 350 (6-bottle) Cases
Residual Sugar: 13 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This site features warm free draining soils featuring schist and alluvial river stones over sandy gravels. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE 2010 NOTES:
The 2010 season was even and slightly cool through the spring with a good summer and long dry Autumn. These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in mid April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous (‘wild’) yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its lees prior to bottling on the 5th of May 2011. The wine was bottled under Diam cork.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2010 displays a wide spectrum of aromatics from pear, peach and citrus peel to quince and spice notes with an underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and long lingering palate. The freshness, aromatics and concentration of this wine mean it will harmonize with a diverse range of Asian and Pacific Rim dishes, fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Good acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 7 years from vintage…

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2016 Vintage

 

Air New Zealand Fine Wines of New Zealand List 2017

 

Delicious bouquet oozing charm and elegance; soft, fleshy and spicy white fruits underpinned by minerality and concentration. An oily soft rounded texture on the nose also adds depth and intrigue. On the palate – creamy texture, oil moments and loaded with spice, minerality and flavours of red and white pear, citrus spice, white nectarine and perhaps a little older oak. A complex wine with some residual sugar and contrasting acidity; great balance and length. Drink now and through 2025.
Cameron Douglas, MS (94 Points. March 2017)

 

My general antipathy towards Pinot Gris is quite well known, I find the vast majority of them dull, uninteresting and simple. Prophet’s Rock 2015 Pinot Gris has made me completely rethink my prejudice. A truly remarkable example, it is rich and robust with incredible depth of flavour, and wonderful length. It is easily the finest Pinot Gris I have ever had, and I would imagine it will cellar for a number of years yet, with its old school real cork allowing it to develop and age naturally.”
Waikato wine and beer writer Simon Wood (May 2017)

 

2015 Vintage

Estate-grown and hand-picked at two Bendigo sites, in the Cromwell Basin, the 2015 vintage is full of personality. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and made with some use of old oak, it is fleshy, with rich, peachy, citrusy, slightly spicy flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity, gentle sweetness (12 grams/litre of residual sugar), and lovely vigour and harmony. Drink now or cellar
Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2017 (5 stars. December 2016)

 

An absolute triumph from a winemaker that has done time in Alsace. Superbly balanced with just enough sweetness cleaned up by crisp and refreshing acidity.

Viva Top 10 Wines to take to a Party, Sven @ Molten, Auckland (December 2016)

 

Beguiling, attractive bouquet of ripe white fruits suggesting nectarine and peach, some red apple and even yellow plum; old oak spices and an oily citrus texture add complexity. On the palate – crisp, fruity, complex, off-dry and lengthy; a wine to savour in a big glass (please); lees and old oak flavours strengthen the core of fruit adding both weight and flavour to a lengthy finish.
Cameron Douglas, MS (94 points. August 2016)

 

Fleshy, with vibrant pear, lychee and spice flavours, off-dry and lingering.
Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2016 (4 stars. May 2016)

 

2014 Vintage

 

Air New Zealand Fine Wines of New Zealand List 2016

 

A concentrated Pinot Gris from low-yielding vines (4-5 tonnes/ha) grown in bony, rocky soils. Weighty wine with appealing juicy flavours (pear, apricot, floral and nutty lees) and a great texture. A touch of sweetness helps balance acid and fine tannins perfectly. Impressive wine
Bob Campbell MW (95 points / Gold Ribbon. March 2016)
Ranked 3/28 2014 vintage Central Otago Pinot Gris

 

Complex, rich bouquet, dense in fruit aromas laced with subtle spice. On the palate – off dry with vibrant fresh acidity and flavours to match – white fleshed tree fruits, a creamy almost oily texture and vibrant long finish with a splash of fruit tannin and old oak. Complex long finish – delightful example!
Cameron Douglas, MW. (94 Points. November 2015)

 

Elegant but powerful, with ripe nectarine, melon and mango flavors that are smooth, generous and juicy, with orange blossom aromatics lingering in the background. Shows plenty of focus on the finish, where a hint of minerality lingers. Drink now.
Wine Spectator (Score: 90/100. September 2015)

 

Creamy, spicy pear aroma. Rich and savoury/sour lees flavour and texture gives this real complexity without quashing the aromatic liveliness.
Jancis Robinson

 

Complex and voluptuous, its gentle sweetness balances a citrusy freshness in a wine that exudes notes of baked pear and nectarine fruit, crème anglaise plus a hint of stony mineral
Jo Burzynska, Viva Top 50 2016 (May 2016)

 

Modelled on the classic Alsace wine, this is refined and elegant, yet full of delectable flavours. Aromas of floral, poached pear, peach and rockmelon with subtle spice complexity on the nose. The palate is succulent and beautifully weighted, enhanced by whispering sweetness and seamless pitched acidity. A gorgeous wine. At its best: now to 2020
Wine Orbit (94 points /5 stars. March 2016)

 

Pale coloured, this has a strong core with depth to the nose, showing white and yellow stonefruits with savoury flint, minerals and nuts, and with a gentle punchy intensity. Medium-dry, the white and yellow stonefruit richness is tempered by crisp acidity and fine-grained phenolics. Some flintiness is present, but the fruit prevails. This has good body, and the wine is carried by the acidity and grip, leading to a dry finish.
Raymond Chan (March 2016)

 

2013 Vintage

 

The 2013 (4*) is mouthfilling, with fresh, ripe, peachy, slightly spicy flavours, balanced acidity, and excellent harmony and depth. Still youthful, it should be at its best mid-2015+.
Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2015 (4 Stars. November 2014)

 

2012 Vintage

Estate-grown and hand-picked at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, the pale lemon/green 2012 vintage (5*) is fleshy, rich and oily-textured, with concentrated, slightly sweet stone-fruit and spice flavours, fresh acidity, and a real sense of youthful vigour
Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2015 (5 Stars. November 2014)

 

2011 Vintage

Prophet’s Rock winemaker Paul Pujol’s time spent in Alsace is reflected in his serious examples of pinot gris. His latest is off-dry with an intense and elegant textural palate fusing notes of apple, honey and almond essence
NZ Herald: In the Grip of Pinot Gris (February 2014)

 

Estate-grown and hand-picked at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, the 2011 vintage (4*) is scented and fleshy, with rich peach and spice flavours and a slightly sweet (14 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Enjoyable from the start.
Michael Cooper (4 stars)

 

Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale green hues. The nose is very tight and elegantly expressed, with delicate and pure aromas of white stonefruits and florals, revealing a fine core of savoury yellow stonefruits interwoven with pears and nuts. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, this has a rich and textural palate with sweetness enhancing the pear and stonefruit flavours. Floral elements emerge, along with refined nutty notes adding detail. Very fine phenolics and fruit extract form a flowing core and line, and the flavours are carried to a sustained finish showing ripe exotic tropical fruits and honeysuckle. This is an elegant and subtly flavoured medium-dry Pinot Gris with richness and textures in the Alsace style. Match with Asian fare, pate and semi hard cheeses over the next 5 years.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews (Score: 18.5/20, 5 stars. March 2014)

 

2010 Vintage

“Prophet’s Rock makes some of New Zealand’s most poised and elegant wines, and this is no exception; a lovely, delicate example of the variety, with restrained pear and apple aromas, backed up with a taut palate. Off-dry, but with a firm backbone that will stand up well to light dishes”

Metro Magazine – top 100 wines for summer (December 2011)

 

Impressively aromatic stone fruit and bread crust characters. Great mouthfeel and a smooth-texture. Strongly fruit focused with pear, quince and apricot together with a yeast lees undercurrent. The wine is apparently dry to off/dry in style.

Bob Campbell, Master of Wine (September 2011)

 

2009 Vintage

This is not your usual ‘pretty’ Pinot Gris. This is sophisticated, complex and seductive wine displaying gentle aromas of white peach, pear, baked apple and oatmeal. The palate is concentrated and luscious yet refreshing and crisp with perfectly integrated acidity. A seamless and richly textured wine showing stunning depth of flavour and layers of intriguing flavours.

Wine Orbit (Score: 93/100, 5 stars. May 2011)

 

2008 Vintage

Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris 2008, Winemaker Paul Pujol has spent a good handful of vintages in Europe (most particularly in Alsace and Burgundy) and the US, and it shows in his richly textured pinot gris. Zesty and pure with perfumed fruit and minerality it is a beautifully complex style that is racy for a pinot gris, delivering great style and substance.

The Australian Weekend Edition – Wish Magazine (August 2010)

 

2007 Vintage

“Truly impressive concentration with luscious pear, nectarine and peach flavours. There’s also spice and savoury influences adding extra complexity. A great texture and lingering finish add to the magic.”

Bob Campbell MW (Score: 93/100, 5 stars. August 2008)

 

“Complex, wild-ferment nose, honeyed with yeast/savoury nuances complimenting fruit aromas of apple & pear slices. The medium bodies’ palate provides a lovely, silky texture with crisp acidity and notable sweetness to balance. Long minerally finish.”

Erobertparker.com (Score: 91/100. October 2008)

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Prophet's Rock
Dry Riesling

The Prophet’s Rock Dry Riesling comes from our Rocky Point vineyard, where we have a tiny one-hectare parcel growing on schist rock soil. Riesling holds a special place in our hearts and gets a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery.

It gets the same meticulous treatment in the vineyard as our top Pinot Noir, and our yields are extremely low, creating a concentrated expression of our unique site. Averaging only 300 cases per vintage, our Dry Riesling is a rare find. The vinification is heavily influenced by Paul’s time in Alsace, where use of wild yeast, multiple small vessels and long ageing are the norm.

After lengthy slow ferments, the various components are aged on their yeast lees before bottling. The wine is cellared for at least two years before release. This wine has been extremely well-reviewed since the first release in 2006.

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Wonderful aromatics, rich, complex, fresh, sheer pleasure and fine illustration of what Riesling in Central Otago is capable of.

Blend: 100% Riesling
Quantity Produced: 774 (6-bottle) cases
Alcohol: 11.4%

PH: 2.93
TA: 7.2 g/l
Residual Sugar: 8g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from two vineyards located in the Bendigo and Pisa sub-regions of Central Otago. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full
physiological ripeness with good concentration and flavour. The vines were cropped as low as our Pinot Noir with yields not exceeding 35 hl/ha.

VINTAGE NOTES:
The 2014 vintage had a good Spring & early Summer, some mixed weather in March followed by excellent Autumn conditions, allowing extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. Grapes were picked mid-April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed over 6 hours to retain maximum aromatics and freshness.

The wine was fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling on the 17th of February 2015. Bottled under Diam cork which are certified taintfree.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2014 displays floral and citrus aromas and flavours with a strong underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and lingering palate. The freshness and aromatics make this a great food wine which will harmonize with a diverse range of fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Fantastic acid structure and concentration meanthat this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 5-10 years from vintage.

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Wonderful aromatics, rich, complex, fresh, sheer pleasure and fine illustration of what Riesling in Central Otago is capable of.

Blend: 100% Riesling
Quantity Produced: 686 (6-bottle) cases
Alcohol: 12.5%

PH: 3.03
TA: 7.5 g/l
Residual Sugar: 8.5 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from an elevated site in the Pisa sub recon of Central Otago. This site has warm free draining soils featuring schist and glacial out wash over sandy gravels.

Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration and flavour.

VINTAGE NOTES:
After a cool Spring the 2013 season transitioned into a more stable warm summer with a long dry Autumn. This allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in mid-April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness.

The wine was fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling on the 16th May 2014. Bottled under Diam cork which are certified taint-free.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2012 displays floral and citrus aromas and flavours with a strong underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and lingering palate. The freshness and aromatics make this a great food wine which will harmonize with a diverse range of fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Fantastic acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 5-10 years from vintage.

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Wonderful aromatics, rich, complex, fresh, sheer pleasure and fine illustration of what Riesling in Central Otago is capable of.

Blend: 100% Riesling
Quantity Produced: 548 (6-bottle) cases
Alcohol: 12%

PH: 2.96
TA: 8.9 g/l
Residual Sugar: 8 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Pisa Estate Vineyard. This site has warm free draining soils featuring schist and alluvial river stones over sandy gravels. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour.

VINTAGE NOTES:
The 2011 season had a very warm spring with a mixed summer but long dry Autumn. These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in late April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:

The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness.

The wine was fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling on the 18th of March 2013. Bottled under Diam cork which are certified taint-free.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2012 displays floral and citrus aromas and flavours with a strong underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and lingering palate. The freshness and aromatics make this a great food wine which will harmonize with a diverse range of fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Fantastic acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 5-10 years from vintage.

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Wonderful aromatics, rich, complex, fresh, sheer pleasure and fine illustration of what Riesling in Central Otago is capable of.

Blend: 100% Riesling
Quantity Produced: 548 (6-bottle) cases
Alcohol: 12.5%

PH: 3.04
TA: 7.0 g/l
Residual Sugar: 7.6 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Pisa Estate Vineyard. This site has warm free draining soils featuring schist and alluvial river stones over sandy gravels. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour.

VINTAGE 2011 NOTES:
The 2011 season had a very warm spring with a mixed summer but long dry Autumn. These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in late April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling on the 1st February 2012. Bottled under Diam cork which are certified taint-free.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2011 displays floral and citrus aromas and flavours with a strong underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and lingering palate. The freshness and aromatics make this a great food wine which will harmonize with a diverse range of fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Fantastic acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 5-10 years from vintage.

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Wonderful aromatics, rich, complex, fresh, sheer pleasure and fine illustration of what Riesling in Central Otago is capable of.

Blend: 100% Riesling
Quantity Produced: 826 (6-bottle) cases
Alcohol: 12%

PH: 2.95
TA: 7.7 g/l
Residual Sugar: 10 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Pisa Vineyard. This site features warm free draining soils featuring schist and alluvial river stones over sandy gravels. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour.

VINTAGE 2010 NOTES:
The 2010 season was even and slightly cool through the spring with a good summer and long dry Autumn. These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in late April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling on the 5th of May 2011. Bottled under Diam cork which are certified taint-free.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2009 displays floral and citrus aromas and flavours with a strong underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and lingering palate. The freshness and aromatics make this a great food wine which will harmonize with a diverse range of fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Fantastic acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 4-8 years from vintage.

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Wonderful aromatics, rich, complex, fresh, sheer pleasure and fine illustration of what Riesling in Central Otago is capable of.

Harvest Date: 3 May 2007
Blend:
 100% Riesling
Quantity Produced: 538 (6-bottle) cases
Alcohol: 11.8%

PH: 3.15
TA: 7.9 g/l
Residual Sugar: 12 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Pisa Vineyard. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour.

VINTAGE 2007 NOTES:
The 2007 season was typified by a cool start followed by a long warm Autumn allowing extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous (‘wild’) yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling in November.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2007 displays  a myriad of floral, citrus  and tropical fruit aromas and flavours with an underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and lingering palate. The freshness and aromatics make this a great food wine which will harmonize with a diverse range of fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Fantastic acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next decade or so…

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Wonderful aromatics, rich, complex, fresh, sheer pleasure and fine illustration of what Riesling in Central Otago is capable of.

Harvest Date: 14 April 2008
Blend:
 100% Riesling
Quantity Produced: 968 (6-bottle) cases
Alcohol: 11.2%

PH: 3.15
TA: 8.0 g/l
Residual Sugar: 9 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Pisa Vineyard. This site features warm free draining soils featuring schist and alluvial river stones over sandy gravels. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour.

VINTAGE 2008 NOTES:
The 2008 season was typified by an early start followed by a long warm Summer and a dry cool Autumn allowing extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration. The grapes were picked in mid April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous (‘wild’) yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling in November. The wine was bottled under premium quality cork.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2008 displays floral and citrus aromas and flavours with a strong underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and lingering palate. The freshness and aromatics make this a great food wine which will harmonize with a diverse range of fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Fantastic acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 4-8 years.

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Wonderful aromatics, rich, complex, fresh, sheer pleasure and fine illustration of what Riesling in Central Otago is capable of.

Blend: 100% Riesling
Quantity Produced: 690(6-bottle) cases
Alcohol: 11.8%

PH: 3.15
TA: 7.7 g/l
Residual Sugar: 9 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from our Pisa Vineyard. This site features warm free draining soils featuring schist and alluvial river stones over sandy gravels. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour.

VINTAGE 2009 NOTES:
The 2009 season had a settled early season followed by a cool February and a long dry Autumn. These conditions allowed extended ripening and full aromatic expression with great concentration from low yields. The grapes were picked in late April.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and field sorted, once at the winery the fruit was 100% whole-bunch pressed to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. The wine was fermented using only indigenous (‘wild’) yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling in February 2010. The wine was bottled under Diam cork.

WINE NOTES:
White gold in colour the Prophet’s Rock 2009 displays floral and citrus aromas and flavours with a strong underlying minerality. These aromas are echoed on the concentrated, crisp and lingering palate. The freshness and aromatics make this a great food wine which will harmonize with a diverse range of fish, seafood, salads and white meats. Fantastic acid structure and concentration mean that this wine will also reward careful cellaring for those with patience over the next 4-8 years from vintage.

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Prophet’s Rock Dry Riesling

Reviews

2014 Vintage

Huon Hooke.com (95 points, 5 stars. May 2017)

 

Estate-grown and hand-picked at Pisa, in the Cromwell Basin, the classy 2014 vintage ( 5 stars) was fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged in old oak barrels. Light lemon/green, it has a scented, citrusy bouquet, revealing good complexity. Medium-bodied, it has rich, vibrant lemon, grapefruit and lime flavours, a bare hint of sweetness (8 grams/litre of residual sugar), good acid spine and a finely poised, lasting finish. A wine of strong personality, it is delicious now, but should also be long-lived

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2017 (5 stars. December 2016)

 

Ripe sweet citrus fruits bouquet with aromas of mandarins and lemons, red apples and apricot. With just noticeable residual sweetness this wine is all about texture and length; flavours of citrus and apricot, white peach, lemon and mandarin then honeysuckle – it has great length and finish. Delicious!

Cameron Douglas MS (93 Points. September 2015)

 

2013 Vintage

Off/dry Riesling with nice acidity supporting mineral and lime juice flavours with a hint of white flowers. Good energy and purity with appealing acid/ sweet tension. Quite concentrated wine with an impressively lingering finish

Bob Campbell MW (94 points. March 2016)

 

Light lemon/green, it is fresh and lively, with concentrated, citrusy flavours, firm acid spine and a dry, lasting finish. Still developing, it’s well worth cellaring.

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2016 (4.5 stars. May 2016)

 

The wine was made with as much care as a top-notch pinot noir. Low-cropped grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented slow (over three months) using indigenous yeasts (75% in old barrels). The bouquet shows delicate aromas of lemon peel, white nectarine, apple blossom and flint, which lead to a focused palate that displays excellent fruit purity and vibrancy with a hint of sweetness and racy acidity. Finely textured and superbly structured, the wine finishes exceptionally long. At its best: now to 2025

Wine Orbit (95 Points/ 5 stars. March 2016)

 

Pale straw colour, this is akin to a slender Alsace style with its savoury and earthy infused mineral and lime fruit aromas, unfolding flint and floral notes.  Dry and elegant, mouthwatering lime and lemon flavours show with a degree of lusciousness and richness.  The wine flows softly, with just enough acidity for freshness.  The wine finishes with a slight grip.  The Riesling is held back an extra year, as it is slow to reveal its character.

Raymond Chan (April 2016)

 

2012 Vintage

Lots of fragrances of spice laden white fruits, apricot blossom, apple and ripe citrus aromas, complex and charming. On the palate – lots of texture, flavour and intensity with a leesy, citrus based flavour profile, packed with mineral and spice moments, a nudge of ripe fruit sweetness, long and intense finish. A near perfect food wine. Drink now and through 2020.

Cameron Douglas MW (96 Points. November 2015)

 

Subtle and limey on the nose. Intense but quite contained at the moment. Tastes off dry, clean and crisp. Very good concentration and balance. Long and supple, with the balance to age. Crisp and persistent.

Jancis Robinson

 

The 2012 vintage has light, youthful colour. Tightly structured, with good intensity, it has lemony, limey flavours, showing excellent vigour and richness.

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2016 (4.5 Stars, November 2014)

 

Structural, powerful style, deep concentration with rich fruit yet great drive from firm acidity. Baked apple and citrus with undertow of complexity. One for the long haul.

Rebecca Gibb, MW (18.5/20. August 2015)

 

2011 Vintage

The 2011 vintage is bright, light lemon/green, with an invitingly scented bouquet and rich, citrusy, slightly peachy and spicy flavours, finely poised and long.

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2015 (4.5 Stars, November 2014)

 

2010 Vintage

His 2010 Dry Riesling carries the glittering acidity of Central Otago housed in fresh stone fruits but most of all it opens the palate with purity and that sort of clarity that comes from glacial mountain water – if you’ve ever lived or traveled in a cold mountain region you know that pleasurable shock that comes from a cold glacial stream. It’s some of the purest flavor too on the planet – but then through the midpalate the wine opens to a kiss of apricot peach sweetness that closes the palate. It’s a lovely wine.

Elaine Brown, WakaWaka Wine Reviews (January 2017)

 

Estate-grown and hand-picked at Pisa, fermented with indigenous yeasts and mostly handled in old oak barrels, the 2010 (5*) is drinking well now, with a lovely spread of lemony, spicy, slightly peachy flavours. Poised and minerally, with impressive complexity, it’s still youthful, with excellent depth and harmony.

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2015 (5 Stars, November 2014)

 

TOP WINE – There’s a real intensity to this dry Riesling with its notes of racy lime, subtle stonefruit and firm undercurrent of mineral. Following four years in bottle, these are joined by attractive honeyed, nutty and toasty mature characters.

Jo Burzynska, NZ Boutique Wine Show (Voted TOP WINE, July 2014)

 

Very crisp, clean and cutting, though with warm solids ferment characters of savoury, ‘sweet and sour’ citrus fruits. Lovely clear and crisp definition with acid drive, linearity, and fine mouthfeel. Very clear Central Otago style, with subtle input extras.

Raymond Chan (Score – 18+/20, 4+ stars, February 2013)

 

More aromatic than 2009 with quite exotic fruit flavours including guava, feijoa, apricot, mineral and hints of spice. Great purity with fine, fruity acidity that drives impressive length of flavour. Ethereal texture.

Bob Campbell, MW (Score 93/100, 5 stars. September 2011)

 

2009 Vintage

Full and even, bright straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues. The bouquet is tightly concentrated with intense aromas of lime intermixed with secondary complexities of nuts and toast, and nuances of smoke and savoury oxidative elements. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, rich and luscious citrus fruits are enhanced by honied notes. The palate is lively and energetic, leading to a thirst-quenching finish with lime, honey and nuts.

Raymond Chan (Score – 17.5/20, 4+ stars, March 2014)

 

Citrus aromas underlain by complex quince and anise notes. Wonderful minerality here. Fantastic length. This Riesling is not at all acerbic and overly dry, but rich, layered and effortless; long and compelling. Great stuff! Crafted with judicious handling of both ripe fruit and phenolics, some lees handling and ambient yeast ferment.

Ned Goodwin, Master of Wine (Score – 94/100)

 

2008 Vintage

This 2008 rendition is a superbly refined and focused expression of the variety displaying fresh apple, lime/lemon and floral characters with a hint of wet limestone. The palate is tight and juicy with a delicate mouthfeel & an impressive linear finish. Light-weight yet concentrated & shows great extract.

WineOrbit (Score – 94/100, 5 stars. October 2011)

 

“I’ve just tasted one of the world’s best dry Rieslings and it’s from Central Otago. Prophet’s Rock, to be exact. Paul Pujol (French father, New Zealand mother) spent a number of years working vintages in France’s Alsace for the famous white wine producer Kuentz-Bas. From a well-drained, warm, stony, mineral site. Bursting with citrus flavours and a mouthwashing oily texture. Collector’s item.

John Hawkesby, New Zealand Herald

 

2007 Vintage

“The highly scented 2007 vintage has rich, ripe, citrusy flavours, very pure, intense and finely textured. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mix of tanks and (mostly) old oak barrels, it’s very fresh and concentrated, with a splash of sweetness (10 grams/litre of residual sugar), lively acidity, and lovely delicacy, depth and harmony.”

Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines 2009 (5 stars)

 

“Pure lime, some fragrant blossom and steel flinty-ness. Fantastic burst of sweet grapefruit and lemon drops on the palate, really juicy and mouth-watering with a tangy apple finish”

J.Ronbinson.com

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Rocky Point
Pinot Noir

The Rocky Point delivers an aromatic, structured expression of this steep and stony Central Otago vineyard.

Rocky Point is produced exclusively from our own vineyards and the wines benefit from the classical approach that is the hallmark of  Prophet’s Rock. In the winery the fruit is handled with the same care, respect and methods used for all Prophet’s Rock wines. The Rocky Point Pinot Noir is barrel-aged before bottling.

The Rocky Point Pinot Noir are typically expressive, perfumed and supple wines that drink very well in their youth. For those with patience, the wines will continue to improve, with peak drinking 5-7 years from vintage. The Rocky Point Pinot Noir has consistently won awards and great reviews since the first release in 2003.

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Rocky Point Pinot Noir 2016

Alc: 13.5%                   pH: 3.60                     TA: 5.6g/l                   RS: None

Vineyard

The grapes were hand-picked from the two Prophet’s Rock estate vineyards in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The principal source is the Rocky Point Vineyard with its warm, free draining, predominantly schist soils and some of the steepest planted blocks in Central Otago. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour. Yields on both sites were kept very low and did not exceed 38hl/ha or 5t/ha.

Vintage Notes

The grapes for this wine were hand-picked from our two vineyards between the 3rd and 23th of April. After a mixed spring including a cold snap at the end of October, the 2016 growing season was relatively stable and warm right through until the end of our harvest, providing great ripening conditions. Interestingly, following an overnight snowfall there was a rare mid-summer frost in the region on the 4th of January, our vineyards were unaffected.

Winemaking

Once at the winery, the Pinot Noir was destemmed and fermented by indigenous ‘wild’ yeast. The wine was rarely hand-plunged during fermentation and was then aged in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy cooperages and forests. ‘Wild’ malolactic fermentation took place in barrel and the wine was aged on its lees before bottling on the 22nd March 2017.

The Wine

Brilliant ruby in colour the Rocky Point 2016 shows bright red berry, cherry, floral and spice aromas on the nose leading on to a smooth velvety palate. Here the rich fruit flavours are complemented by spice, mineral and dried herb notes leading on to a long rich finish. A versatile food wine that will complement a wide range of cuisine, this wine is a great match with lamb, game and salmon and will continue to provide great enjoyment over the next 4-8 years.

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Bright fruit aromatics, rich and silky smooth. The Rocky Point wines are a great introduction to Central Otago and the Prophet’s Rock range.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: None

pH: 3.60
TA: 5.6 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were hand-picked from the two Prophet’s Rock estate vineyards in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The principal source is the Rocky Point Vineyard with its warm, free draining, predominantly schist soils and some of the steepest planted blocks in Central Otago. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with great concentration, aromatics and flavour. Yields on both sites were kept very low and did not exceed 38hl/ha or 5t/ha.

The grapes for this wine were hand-picked from our two vineyards between the 3rd and 23th of April. After a mixed spring including a cold snap at the end of October, the 2016 growing season was relatively stable and warm right through until the end of our harvest, providing great ripening conditions. Interestingly, following an overnight snowfall there was a rare mid-summer frost in the region on the 4th of January, our vineyards were unaffected.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
Once at the winery, the Pinot Noir was destemmed and fermented by indigenous ‘wild’ yeast. The wine was rarely hand-plunged during fermentation and was then aged in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy cooperages and forests. ‘Wild’ malolactic fermentation took place in barrel and the wine was aged on its lees before bottling on the 22nd March 2017.

WINE NOTES:
Brilliant ruby in colour the Rocky Point 2016 shows bright red berry, cherry, floral and spice aromas on the nose leading on to a smooth velvety palate. Here the rich fruit flavours are complemented by spice, mineral and dried herb notes leading on to a long rich finish. A versatile food wine that will complement a wide range of cuisine, this wine is a great match with lamb, game and salmon and will continue to provide great enjoyment over the next 4-8 years.

 

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Bright fruit aromatics, rich and silky smooth. The Rocky Point wines are a great introduction to Central Otago and the Prophet’s Rock range.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: None

pH: 3.62
TA: 6.1 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from the two Prophet’s Rock estate vineyards in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with good concentration and flavour.
This wine is principally from Rocky Point Vineyard is home to some of the steepest blocks in Central Otago, elegant vines grow on top of an underlay of schist rock providing high mineraltity and spice to the grapes whilst above the surface we see an abundance of wild thyme.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes were handpicked and fermented by indigenous ‘wild’ yeast. The wine was hand-plunged during fermentation and then aged in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy cooperages and forests. ‘Wild’ malolactic fermentation took place in barrel and the wine was aged on its yeast lees before bottling on the 11th of February 2015.

WINE NOTES:
Brilliant ruby in colour the Rocky Point 2014 shows bright red berry, cherry, floral and spice aromas on the nose leading on to a smooth velvety palate. Here the rich fruit flavours are complemented by spice and dried herb notes leading on to a long rich finish. A versatile food wine that will complement a wide range of cuisine, this wine is a great match with lamb, game and salmon and will continue to provide great enjoyment over the next 3-5 years.

AWARDS:
Silver – International Wine Challenge 2016

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Bright fruit aromatics, rich and silky smooth. The Rocky Point wines are a great introduction to Central Otago and the Prophet’s Rock range.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: None

pH: 3.65
TA: 5.4 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from the two Prophet’s Rock estate vineyards in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with good concentration and flavour.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes were handpicked and with fermentation by indigenous ‘wild’ yeast. The wine was hand-plunged during fermentation and then aged in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy cooperages and forests.

WINE NOTES:
“This is really good. The fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, game and floral with a hint of cedar complexity. It’s succulent and concentrated on the palate with purity and intensity, leading to a superbly long velvety finish. The wine combines fruit richness with subtle savoury notes, making it immensely appealing.”
Wine Orbit (Score 93/100, 5 stars. March 2014)

AWARDS:
Pure Silver – Bragato Wine Awards 2014 (September, 2014)
Silver Medal – NZ International Wine Show 2014 (September 2014)

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Bright fruit aromatics, rich and silky smooth. The Rocky Point wines are a great introduction to Central Otago and the Prophet’s Rock range.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: None

pH: 3.65
TA: 5.85 g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The grapes were sourced from the two Prophet’s Rock estate vineyards in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with good concentration and flavour.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
The grapes were handpicked and with fermentation by indigenous ‘wild’ yeast. The wine was hand-plunged during fermentation and then aged in French oak barrels from a variety of Burgundy cooperages and forests.

WINE NOTES:
“This is really good. The fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, game and floral with a hint of cedar complexity. It’s succulent and concentrated on the palate with purity and intensity, leading to a superbly long velvety finish. The wine combines fruit richness with subtle savoury notes, making it immensely appealing.”
Wine Orbit (Score 93/100, 5 stars. March 2014)

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Rocky Point Pinot Noir Reviews

  2016 Vintage

Delicious young but ageworthy, this second-tier label from Prophet’s Rock was hand-picked and French oak-aged. Deeply coloured, it is fresh, mouthfilling (13.5% alc/vol) and supple, with rich, ripe, plummy, gently spicy flavours, savoury notes adding complexity and good harmony.

 

Michael Cooper (4 stars. August 2017)

“Full, dark, deep, black-red colour with youthful purple hues.  This has a firmly concentrated, densely packed nose of restrained, but ripe black cherry and berry fruits with nuances of plums, thyme herbs and aromatic black minerals.  Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, luscious and vibrant fruit flavours of ripe black cherries and berries with hints of plums, herbs and hints of liquorice.  The fruit is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity providing energy and tension, and supported by fine-grained balancing tannins.  The wine flows along a fine-textured line with good vitality, leading to an elegantly concentrated, lingering finish of black fruits.  This is a rich and stylishly luscious, black-fruited Pinot Noir with fresh acidity and fine,-grained structure with an elegantly concentrated line.  Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6+ years.  Pinot Noir fruit predominantly from the ‘Rocky Point’ vineyard, hand-picked, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new French oak.”

Raymond Chan (4 stars / 18+ points. May 2017)


A fabulous pinot from the Bendigo district, the beautifully fragrant bouquet shows red/black cherry, cranberry, floral and subtle spice aromas, leading to a juicy palate that offers pristine fruit flavours and fine texture, wonderfully complemented by savoury nuances and polished tannins. Delightfully attractive. At its best: now to 2020. $30.00. www.prophetsrock.co.nz. May 2017.

Wine Orbit. (93 points. May 2017)

 

2016 Vintage Awards

New World Wine Awards 2017                                                 Silver Medal

 

2015 Vintage

Medium-bodied, aromatic, juicy and fresh with spiced cherries and raspberries, a touch of zest, firm chalky tannins, smoky polished cedar and a waft of gunsmoke.

NZ International Wine Show 2016 – Gold medal

 

This is immediately appealing on the nose displaying dark cherry, plum, floral and spice characters with a touch of game complexity. The palate is succulent and beautifully weighted, and offers excellent fruit purity and silky texture, wonderfully framed by polished tannins. Flavoursome and satisfying, while showing pinot elegance and style. At its best: now to 2020

Wine Orbit. (93 points. June 2016)

 

The ‘Rocky Point’ reflects the company’s schist-soiled ‘Rocky Point’ vineyard, lower in altitude, but also in Bendigo.  Here, I review the new release Rocky Point Pinot Noir 2015.  It may be the best released to date.

Very dark, deep, even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues.  This has a firm, tightly bound nose with aromas of black berried and black cherry fruit, along with concentrated notes of liquorice, iron-earth and minerals, unfolding subtle dark –red and violet florals and dark herbs.  Medium-bodied, the palate features juicy and sweet flavours of black cherries, blackberries and succulent notes of liquorice that reveal iron-earth minerals and dark thyme herbs.  The fruit is underlined by fine, grainy tannin extraction, and the palate has linearity.  Soft, integrated acidity lends a degree of accessibility and the wine carries to a long, dry, fine-textured finish.  This is a rich and sweet black fruited Pinot Noir with liquorice and mineral notes, and a firm, concentrated and linear flow.  Match with venison and game meat dishes over the next 4-5 years.

Raymond Chan (4 stars / 18+ points. June 2016)

 

Youthful, fruity and intriguing bouquet of crushed raspberry and black cherry fruit aromas, crushed rock adding a firm mineral layer; mild to moderate oak scents and complexity. On the palate – quite fruity with a dry finish; flavours of red berry fruit return, youthful slightly firm tannins and medium+ acidity providing a tense youthful structure. Uber food friendly style & well made as usual for this producer. 

Cameron Douglas MS (87 points. July 2015)

 

2015 Vintage Awards

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016                                        Gold Medal

New Zealand International Wine Show 2016                             Gold Medal

New World Wine Awards 2016                                                 Silver Medal

2014 Vintage

Medium-bodied, supple and appealing with a lovely fine-graied texture. Aromatic with a heady perfume of violets and cherries. Similar characteristics on the palate with the addition of spice/anise and subtle nutty oak. Appealing now, but with potential

Gourmet Wine Traveller (94 points. August/ September 2016)

 

A fresh, gentle and velvety style, with truffle, scented cherry, red berry and a hint of coffee.

International Wine Challenge 2016 (Silver Medal. November 2015)

 

Appealingly aromatic Pinot Noir, with a heady perfume and cherries that lead to similar characteristics on the palate with the edition of spice, anise and subtle nutty oak. A medium-bodies, supple and appealing wine with a lovely fine-grained texture. Appealing now but with potential. Great value

Bob Campbell MW (Score 94/100, March 2016)

Ranked 20/70 of all Central Otago Pinot Noir tasted from 2014 vintage

 

Dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on the rim.  The nose is slender and tightly bound in presentation with aromas of dark red cherry fruit along with nuances of liquorice, thyme herbs, earth and mineral elements.  The aromatics grow in depth and concentration with aeration.  Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with bright, lively and vibrant dark red cherry fruit flavours expressed with purity and clarity.  Nuances of herbs and minerals emerge to lend detail and interest.  The mouthfeel is lively with lacy acidity and a fine line of tannin guiding the wine to a light, fruit-focussed finish.  This is an elegant, refreshingly lively Pinot Noir with red cherry fruit and a fine-textured line.  Serve with firm-fleshed seafood, poultry, pork and antipasto over the next 4+ years.

Raymond Chan (Score 4 stars. November 2015)

 

This is beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying red/black cherry, mixed spice, game and subtle dried herb characters. The palate shows excellent fruit purity as well as elegant savoury undertones, backed by plenty of fine tannins. Delightfully attractive and flavoursome. Lovely poise and harmony, and offers excellent drinking already. At its best: now to 2020

Wine Orbit (Score 93/100, 5 stars. October 2015)

 

Rocky Point is crafted by internationally experienced NZ winemaker Paul Pujol who has presided over all Prophets Rock wines since returning home from his travels circa 2008. Their Bendigo vineyards consistently yield fruit with dense, dark flavour, superb tannins and benchmark mineral freshness on display in this 2014 release. Hand-picked fruit, indigenous ferment and use of quality French barrels are central to this Pinot that entirely over delivers for the price.

SMELLS: Black cherry, thyme underpinned with complex floral and smoky aromas.

TASTES: Dense, charming, sweet Otago black cherry fruit with an attractive tangy plum infusion with hints of liquorice. Nicely contrasted by complex notes of wild thyme, nutmeg/cinnamon, and spicy oak with an endearing suggestion of Black Forest Gateaux attack on the finish. It has the weight and complexity to drink well through 2020+

Fine Wine Delivery Company Tasting Panel (December 2015)

 

2014 Vintage Awards

International Wine Challenge 2016                                                       Silver Medal

 

2013 Vintage

Attractive scents of baking spices and ripe cherries mark the nose and palate of this medium-bodied wine. It’s silky from start to finish, offering enough complex floral and spice notes to make it worthy of repeat sips. Drink now-2020

Wine Enthusiast Best of Year 2016 (91/100 points. October 2016)

 

Red cherry, sweet cherry, deep ripe raspberry, dark berry, stewed berry, sweet compote, poblano pepper, truffle, green herbs, sage, herb, mint, chocolate, wet leather, mineral, dusty earth, earthy.
Palate: Sweet cherry, cherry, cranberry, dark berries, ripe sweet fruit, mint, mineral, oaky, gripping tannins, soft, silky, gentle.
Finish: Flavorful, mouth-watering, soft, balanced.

Fifty Best New Zealand Pinot Noir 2016. (Gold Medal. May 2016)

 

Elegant, fresh, aromatic notes of thyme, cypress and cedar are a terrific complement to the wild raspberry and ripe cherry flavors. Plush in texture, this offers plenty of spice, herb and earth accents on the long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2030

Wine Spectator (Score 91. September 2015)

 

This is a well-made, well-priced savoury, spicy pinot from Bendigo’s Prophet’s Rock. With dark cherry and a lovely sappy freshness on the palate, it’s a mouthwatering match for pan-fried duck breast with beetroot and cranberry salsa.

Emma Jenkins MW (Australian Women’s Weekly voted Top Value. July 2015)

 

A fine, open, aromatic and particularly floral version of pinot noir from Bendigo in Central Otago, displaying the finesse and elegance one would hope for from the variety in this premium price category. The palate is delicate and dusty, finely-textured, with excellent length. Fine wine, best 2016-2025

WineAlign.com (91/100, Value Rating: **1/2. April 2015)

 

This is a beauty, strutting its stuff with aromas of violets, soft red fruits and smooth as velvet in the mouth. Black currant and black cherry bathe the palate garnished with baking spice replaying on the long finish and aftertaste. There’s deft balance, well-integrated oak, purity of fruit, good structure and drink-me-now charm. Pricey, but if you shop in the forty dollar bin, its well worth purchasing a bottle or two.

Julie Stock, Winecurrent.com (4.5 stars. April 28th 2015)

 

A fine, open, aromatic and particularly floral version of pinot noir from Bendigo in Central Otago, displaying the finesse and elegance one would hope for from the variety in this premium price category. The palate is delicate and dusty, finely-textured, with excellent length. Fine wine, best 2016-2025

David Lawrason (April 2015)

 

The Central Otago region also produces some eclectic pinots from vineyards that can verge on such rockiness that they look hydroponic. The Rocky Point 2013 Pinot Noir dishes up rich plum, dense black fruits and power. Think Pinot Noir on steroids.

Gord Stimmell, www.thestar.com (April 2015)

 

From Prophet’s Rock, the 2013 (3.5*) was hand-picked at Bendigo and matured for eight months in French oak casks. Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling, fresh and vibrantly fruity, with very good depth of cherry, plum and slight nut flavours.

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2015 (3.5 Stars, November 2014)

 

Once again this reliable label delivers quality at affordable price. The wine shows wonderful pristine fruit aromas of red/black cherry and plum together with hints of floral and roasted nuts. It’s ripe and silky on the palate with excellent fruit weight, beautifully supported by fine tannins. The wine is immediately appealing but it should develop gracefully too. At its best: now to 2018.

Wine Orbit (Score 90/100, 4.5 stars. June 2014)

 

Even, dark ruby-red colour, with youthful purple hues. The nose is elegant and quite restrained, with aromas of ripe, dark raspberry fruit infused with subtle dusty, black mineral notes, expressed with a steely freshness. Medium-bodied and somewhat shy, this has a sweet core of black cherry and raspberry fruit flavours along with subtle liquorice and earthy, minerally elements. The palate has a slippery flow, the energy and tension enhanced by lacy acidity. Fine grainy tannins are integral with the fruit, and the palate leads to a light, aromatic, primary, dark cherry-fruited finish with juicy sweetness. This is a shy, youthfully bound Pinot Noir with lacy acid and structure to see it unfold over the next 4+ years

Raymond Chan (Score 16.5/20, 3 stars. July 2014)

 

2013 Vintage Awards

Fifty Best New Zealand Pinot Noirs 2016                                  Gold Medal

TexSom International Wine Awards 2016                                  Silver Medal

New World Wine Awards 2015                                                 Silver Medal

New Zealand International Wine Show 2014                             Silver Medal                

Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2014                                            Pure Silver

 

2012 Vintage

Very dark, black-hued purple-red colour, lighter edged and youthful in appearance. This has a full and voluminous nose with aromatic dark red berry fruits and black plums with lifted violet florals and dark herbs. Medium-full bodied, dry and grainy tannins feature on the palate with fresh, racy acidity. The firm mouthfeel carries the bright red berry fruit flavours through the palate line with some alcohol power in support. This has elegance with good weight, and an array of black fruits and dried herbs unfolds, flowing to a dry, firm finish. This is an aromatic, dark-fruited Pinot Noir with grainy and firm textures. Serve with barbecued red meats over the next 4+ years.

Raymond Chan (Score 17.5/20, 4 stars. March 2014)

 

The 2012 vintage (4*) is perfumed and generous, with vibrant cherry/plum flavours, finely integrated oak and excellent depth and harmony.

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2015 (4 Stars, November 2014)

 

This is really good. The fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, game and floral with a hint of cedar complexity. It’s succulent and concentrated on the palate with purity and intensity, leading to a superbly long velvety finish. The wine combines fruit richness with subtle savoury notes, making it immensely appealing. At its best: now to 2017.

Wine Orbit (Score 93/100, 5 stars. March 2014)

 

2012 Vintage Awards

Easter Show Wine Awards 2014                        Silver Medal     March 2014

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013                Pure Silver       November 2013

 

2011 Vintage

The second label of Prophet’s Rock. 100% ‘Bendigo’ vineyard fruit fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak barriques, 20% new. Winemaker is Paul Pujol. Very deep, dark, purple-hued black-red colour, lighter on rim. Softly concentrated aromas of black berry and plum fruit show with good depth, and layers of minerals graphite, violets and liquorice emerge in the glass. Medium-full bodied, this is densely packed with flavours of black berry fruits along with liquorice and plum. The wine has a dry expression of fruitiness, with moderate acidity, and is softly textured with supple tannins and a rounded mouthfeel. This has good presence and weight, and the palate carries through to a moderately sustained finish of black fruits. This is a softly dense, black-fruited Pinot Noir with the dryness and rounded mouthfeel to match casseroles and slow-cooked meats over the next 4-5+ years. 

Raymond Chan (Score 17.5/20, 4 stars. June 2012)

 

Bright dark cherry flavours with hints of plum and berry plus an influence of toasty oak. Fine tannins give a slightly grainy texture and pleasantly drying finish. Supple and appealing Pinot Noir representing excellent value at this price.

Bob Campbell, MW (Score 85/100. July 2012)

 

2010 Vintage

This seriously good second label pinot from Prophet’s Rock displays more finesse than many wineries’ top examples, with rich, juicy morello cherry fruit seasoned with exotic spice and underpinned by some subtle toasty oak

NZ Herald: I’m dreaming of a Wine Christmas. (December 2011)

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Rocky Point
Pinot Noir Rosé

An aromatic, estate grown Rosé with good concentration of flavour and generous texture on the pallet.

The 2015 vintage Rocky Point Noir Rosé is the inagural release of a Rosé from Prophet’s Rock. It has been produced exclusively from Rocky Point Estate vineyard and the wines benefit from the classical approach that is the hallmark of the Prophet’s Rock style. In the winery the fruit is handled with the same care, respect and methods used for our top Prophet’s Rock wines. The Rocky Point Pinot Noir Rosé has been aged in a mix of barrel & stainless steel tank before bottling.

The Rocky Point Noir Rosé is pale red in colour this displaying light red berries, rose, mandarin and spice on the nose. On the palate the generous texture opens up into wild strawberries and citrus with typically expressive, perfumed and supple wines that drink very well in their youth.

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Rocky Point Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Alc: 12.5%                  pH: 3.49                      TA: 6.8/l                      RS: 4 g/l

Vineyard

The Pinot Noir grapes for this Rosé were sourced from two blocks in our Rocky Point estate vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This spectacular steep site on schist rock soil rises from Lake Dunstan at 220m to over 350m elevation. These two blocks of Clone UDC5 or ‘Pommard’ were specifically selected, farmed and harvested for our Rosé. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with good acidity, concentration and flavour.

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked and destemmed into tank where they picked up colour and flavour before gentle pressing. The wine was then fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling on 8th September 2016.

The Wine

Pale red in colour this Rosé displays light red berries, rose, mandarin and spice on the nose. On the palate the generous texture opens up into wild strawberries and citrus with crisp acidity and a long mineral finish. A very adaptable dry food wine and perfect summer drinking

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An aromatic, estate grown Rosé with good concentration of flavour and generous texture on the pallet. The Rocky Point wines are a great introduction to Central Otago and the Prophet’s Rock range

Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual Sugar: 4g/l

pH: 3.45
TA: 6.7g/l

VINEYARD NOTES:
The Pinot Noir grapes for this Rosé were sourced from two blocks in our Rocky Point estate vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This spectacular steep site on schist rock soil rises from Lake Dunstan at 220m to over 350m elevation. These two blocks of Clone UDC5 or ‘Pommard’ were specifically selected, farmed and harvested for our Rosé. Extensive canopy and crop management was carried out during the growing season to ensure the grapes attained full physiological ripeness with good acidity, concentration and flavour.

WINEMAKING NOTES:

The grapes were handpicked and destemmed into tank where they picked up colour and flavour before gentle pressing. The wine was then fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in multiple small lots. Once fermentation was completed the wine was matured on its yeast lees prior to bottling.

 

WINE NOTES:

Pale red in colour this Rosé displays light red berries, rose, mandarin and spice on the nose. On the palate the generous texture opens up into wild strawberries and citrus with

“A French-inspired rose, grapes were hand harvested, fermented using indigenous yeasts. This is stylish and elegant, while offering terrific drinking for those who love proper dry rose. It is juicy and crisp with cranberry, white stone fruit and citrus flavours, leading to a delightful and mouthwatering finish. At its best: now to 2018”
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit. (91/100 points. 4.5 stars. September 2015)

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2016 Vintage

Selected for Metro Magazine’s Top 50 Wines Autumn/ Winter 2017

 

From the Bendigo district, this elegant rendition shows red apple, lemon zest, rockmelon and raspberry aromas on the nose. The palate is linear and vibrant, and offers delicate fruit intensity and crisp acidity, beautifully supported by fine texture and subtle savoury complexity. A fabulous dry expression. At its best: now to 2018.

Wine Orbit (91 Points. February 2017)

 

Light garnet red with peach hues and some depth, lighter on the rim.  The nose is soft and full with a rounded and dense core of savoury raspberry and red cherry fruit, along with complexing, funky aromas of lees and mineral reduction.  Nuance of red florals and suggestions of confectionary emerge , and the reduction grows in prominence with aeration.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses complex savoury raspberry and cherry fruit melded with reductive mineral notes, with very subtle floral, earth and reductive elements, unfolding some floral and confectionary nuances.  The palate has a firm core with slightly drying phenolic textures and line, with lacy acidity providing energy and a thirst-quenching mouthfeel.  The wine carries to a moderately sustained, dry, savoury and mineral finish.  This is a firm-hearted dry rosé in a European style with savoury raspberry and cherry fruit, with complex, mineral and earthy reductive notes on a dry-textured palate.  Match with tapas and antipasto over the next 2+ years.  Hand-picked clone 5 fruit from two blocks from the ‘Rocky Point’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc. and approx. 4 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on lees

Raymond Chan (16/20. February 2017)

 

 

2015 Vintage

Lush, fresh, fruity and alluring with aromas of fresh red berries laced with stony mineral qualities. On the palate – generous, plush, fruity, firm, textured and dry on the finish; lots to like, great balance and length.

Cameron Douglas, MW (90 Points. May 2016)

 

Juicy red fruits and apple. Fleshy and rich with decent depth. Rounded edges thanks to barrel fermentation and fresh finish. Medium length. Food friendly, attractive pink.

Rebecca Gibb MW (Score. 17.5/20. August 2015)

 

A French-inspired rose, grapes were hand harvested, fermented using indigenous yeasts. This is stylish and elegant, while offering terrific drinking for those who love proper dry rose. It is juicy and crisp with cranberry, white stone fruit and citrus flavours, leading to a delightful and mouth-watering finish. At its best: now to 2018

Wine Orbit (Score – 91/100, 4.5 stars. September 2015)

 

Very interesting: refreshing, peach and pomegranate, precise and mineral and no trace of tannins which is a quality for a rosé and not always easy to manage

Francois Millet, Domaine Comte de Vogue, Chambolle Musigny (October 2015)

 

Moderately deep, light ruby-pink colour, paler on rim.  The nose is well-concentrated with deep aromas of pomegranate and quince entwined with earthy and minerally lees elements.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a firmly concentrated core of savoury and earthy red berry fruits and pomegranate notes alongside reductive, minerally detail and interest.  The fruit has a subtle sweetness balanced by a very fine-textured line, and crisp acidity lends a lively, brisk mouthfeel.  The palate leads to a dry, finely textured, leesy, earthy finish.  This is a crisp, lively and well-concentrated dry rosé with earthy and minerally lees flavours.  Serve with tapas and antipasto over the next 2+ years.  Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Rocky Point Estate’ vineyard indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned oak and tank to 12.5% alc., and 4 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on lees.  Raymond Chan (Score – 16.5+/20, 3 stars. September 2015)

 

Pale pink, it still has the funky, flinty, earth and mineral aromas that were a feature when I first tried it on release 6 months ago.  But on palate, the fruit flavours have emerged and become richer, providing a more slippery mouthfeel along with the thirst-quench acidity.  The phenolic textures have begun to melt away, and it is beginning to show what it is made of.

Raymond Chan (March 2016)

 

Moderately sweet Rosé with raspberry, spice and faintly floral flavours. A gentle wine with subtle power. Serve well chilled. Good food wine

Bob Campbell MW (89 points. March 2016)

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