2016 Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir

2016 Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir

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95 Points Bob Campbell MW
2016 Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir
95 Points Bob Campbell MW

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Another 95 point score! Bob Campbell's average for Grasshopper (over 11 years) is a stellar 94.7 points. At under $40 Grasshopper Rock offers the kind of refinement, depth and nuance that few producers can muster under $60 (that's Bob's average price of 95 point-scoring Pinot Noir). This outstanding quality is less about their boutique sense of focus (they only make this wine) or their expert wine-making (by ex-Peregrine winemaker Pete Bartle). It is more about their beautifully managed Earnscleugh vineyard, from which all the best fruit goes into this super value label. Loaded with gongs and accolades, what matters is that it's delicious!

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$35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle



Pinot Noir

Its Origins

Grasshopper Rock is one of the world’s southern most vineyards, established in 2003 and dedicated exclusively to pinot noir. The vineyard is situated on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The site enjoys high sunshine hours by day and very cool temperatures by night and is sufficiently harsh and difficult to make the vines work their hardest. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of spring and autumn frosts, providing a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of premium pinot noir.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Delicately-scented pinot noir with purity and power. It's a good example of the fine, tight and often miner-laced styles found in the Alexandra Basin. An elegant wine that is a confident expression of place. 14/5/2018." Drink 2018 - 2023

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"Estate-grown in Alexandra, this is typically a wonderful buy. From vines planted in 2003, the 2016 vintage (5*) was fermented partly with indigenous yeasts and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (29 per cent new). Bright ruby, with a richly perfumed bouquet, it is mouthfilling, with concentrated cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, complex and savoury. Already delicious, it's also well worth cellaring; open 2019+." Drink 2018 - 2023

19/20 Raymond Chan

"Full and softly voluminous with bright and vibrant primary aromas of dark-red cherry and dark plum fruit entwined with violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. This combines youthful richness, ripeness and fragrance. Medium-bodied, the palate is bright, juicy, sweetly rich with vibrant and lively aromatic fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruit, with nuances of black fruits and dark-red plums, layered with subtle notes of violet florals and hints of thyme herb. The palate has mouthfilling fruit supported by supple tannin extraction, lending a rounded structure, with soft, balanced acidity. This has a fine core with excellent linearity, and the wine carries to long and sweet-fruited finish unveiling liquorice elements. Match with duck and pork, and beef and lamb dishes over the next 6 years. Clones 5, 777, 114, 115, Abel and 667, the fruit fully destemmed and fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 29% new French oak barriques. 19.0/20 Apr 2018 RRP $40.00." Drink 2018 - 2024

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Colour


  • Region

    Central Otago

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2018 - 2024

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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