Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

Concentrated and elegant with red and dark fruit, spectacular baking spices combined with smoky oak and the signature integrated tannin structure, this seamless wine with its velvety texture will leave you wanting more.

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.

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

Winemaker’s Notes

A mixed spring with some rain and variable temperatures. After some 30 degree days in early November, winter almost returned until December when things got more mild with no hot days until mid-January. February was also warm easing into more autumn conditions by early March. The lead into harvest was very dry with only 9mm of rain in March and a few small rain events in April. Apart from a couple of very cold days at Easter, harvest through late March and April was mild and straightforward. Good concentration and elegance to the wines with a lot of freshness and energy.  

“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… I’ve met Paul and tasted his wines a number of times, and this – my first time in the vineyard – confirmed to me that Prophet’s Rock is one of Central Otago’s top 2 or 3 wine producers.” – Jamie Goode, 2016

About this wine

Since the first release in 2005, this wine has been sourced exclusively from our small Home Vineyard site up in the hills of Bendigo sub-region, Central Otago.

The vineyard sits on a high elevation (320 – 390m), steep glacial terrace high above the valley floor. The site features some of the oldest vineyard soils in the valley with the formation of the terrace occurring approximately 650K years ago. The soil age and dry Central Otago climate have combined to create the unusual clay and pedogenic lime soil structure. Beneath layers of clay at a depth of 50-80cm sits a thick layer of chalk. The 7.5ha site was prepared and planted between 1999-2001 and features 7 clones of Pinot Noir and 0.5ha of Pinot Gris. Full organic certification (Biogro) was completed prior to the 2018 vintage.

A strong focus on viticulture is the foundation of the winemaking approach. Yields are consistently managed to 30-35hl/ha or approximately 4ton/ha.

The handpicked fruit is destemmed and fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast. A key feature of our vinification is extremely low extraction, all our small open top tanks are only hand-plunged once during fermentation. The wine then spends 17 months in barrel (35% new) and undergoes indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine is bottled unfiltered under Diam cork.

Over ten years of praise for our Home Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 This is a scintillatingly rich expression of pinot noir that offers such intense, ripe red and dark cherries, as well as crushed violets, stones, meaty nuances and spicy aromas. The palate has a very juicy and rich feel with a sleek, fresh finish. So concentrated and seamless. Drink or hold. JamesSuckling.Com (96 Points)

2016 This is very good. The rich and attractive, fresh red cherries and plums sing in the glass. It delivers a very vibrant impression with blood oranges and pomegranate in the mix, too. Smooth tannins carry long and seamless, drenched in ripe red-cherry and pithy pink-grapefruit flavors. Super long and rippling with energetic fruit, this is a beautiful young pinot. Drink or hold. JamesSuckling.Com (96 Points)

2015 “A different shape to this wine. There’s a more savory edge to the aromas and flavors initially. Then, a core of bright, pristine and spicy red-cherry flavor emanates from the center of the palate. Fresh and sustained finish. Great pinot that will age nicely. Drink or hold”. JamesSuckling.Com (94 Points)

2014 “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)

2013 The most perfumed Prophet’s Rock Pinot I can recall, the 2013 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir features rose-like florals on the nose, followed by layers of rich, ripe fruit. Black cherry, cinnamon and allspice mark the medium to full-bodied palate, leading into a long, silky-textured finish. Mature now, it should hold at this level for another 6-7 years. The Wine Advocate – RobertParker.Com (94 Points)

2012 “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.” Bob Campbell MW (96 Points, 5 stars)

2011 “Juicy, bright and fresh with nice structure under the sweet, pure cherry and plum fruit. Nice warm spicy undertones. There’s a silky elegance here, finishing bright and spicy.” Jamie Goode (93 Points)

2010 “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. Jamie Goode (94 Points)

2009 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 (5 stars)

2007 “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.” Tom Cannavan (92/100).

2006 “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 tannins. Very long finish. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (93 Points)

2005 Elegant and powerful Pinot Noir that delivers its array of cherry, plum and spice flavours with great subtlety. Very attractive wine indeed – one of the best from the vintage. Bob Campbell MW (95 Points)


Pinot Noir
Central Otago