2015 Prophets Rock Retrospect Pinot Noir
Established in 1999, Prophet’s Rock has become one of New Zealand’s most consistent boutique producers. The name comes from Central Otago’s goldmining pioneers (a physical landmark on a local claim), and the winery has retained an intensely local focus on its original vineyards and terroir - and the varieties that thrive there. Longtime winemaker Paul Pujol carried this ethic back from early work with legendary producers in France, especially in Burgundy, and with Maison Kuentz-Bas in Alsace. Prophet’s Rock maintain deep values of sustainable vineyard management as well as a very European sensibility, allowing wines to express each vintage. While capturing beautiful varietal expression, they pursue in each wine the less obvious - but more satisfying and food orientated - virtues of vinous texture, balance, complexity, and length. In doing so they can achieve an understated depth, harmony, and sometimes extreme age-worthiness that is highly unusual in New Zealand. Their home block is on an elevated site in Bendigo, with the ‘second’ vineyard Rocky Point in Southern Bendigo, on a steep site above lake Dunstan.
What The Critics Say
95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2014 vintage)
"Flagship wine from a small section of the vineyard featuring a chalk layer close to the surface. The wine is released five years after vintage. Dense, integrated pinot noir with plum, berry and a savoury, earthy note."
94/100 Huon Hooke (2014 vintage)
"Medium-depth brick-red colour with a good ruby centre. The bouquet is showing mellow age to the point of savouriness, with a lot of dried herb, wild thyme, earthy, terrestrial nuances. The palate is full-bodied and rounded, again showing appropriate, if slightly forward, savoury development and endowed with secondary characteristics rather than primary fruit. The tannins are obvious, dry and powdery but not tough or aggressive. There is a little alcohol heat in the aftertaste together with lingering grip. Very good. (1, 272 bottles released.) 25 JAN 2019." Drink 2019 - 2027
96/100 Cameron Douglas MS
"The bouquet of this wine reminds me of Burgundy because of the earthy, layered, mineral and floral combinations. The wine is also still incredibly youthful, poised and fruit centric on the palate with red and black cherry, freeze-dried raspberry and a whisper of plum. Poised, vibrant, nervous and still developing with a long intense finish. Decant for service, drinking best from late 2021 through 2029+."
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