2016 Prophets Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir

2016 Prophets Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir

93 Points Richard Caro
2016 Prophets Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir
93 Points Richard Caro

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One of New Zealand's finest if most understated Pinot Noir wines. This estate wine from the home vineyard offers plump and concentrated fruit, with floral and mineral nuance but no jaminess or over-extraction. First hand knowledge of Burgundy technique completes the balance of Otago's alpine, charming fruit expression with proper structure and restraint. Decant or lay it down.

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$57.99 in mixed 6+ or $64.99 per bottle



Pinot Noir

Its Origins

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

93/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski (2015 vintage)

"The 2015 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir is a concentrated, potent example from this high-altitude site in the Bendigo subregion, combining ripe black cherries with crisp acids and supple tannins. It's medium to full-bodied, with a rich yet silky mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Almost painfully youthful now, just give it a couple of years to develop real complexity and drink it over the next decade."

17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Tim Jackson MW (2015 vintage)

"Lustrous pale purple. Meaty reduction, nutty spice, blackberry and thyme. Sweet-savoury blackberry, with lots of schisty minerality. Spiced, ripe bramble fruit. Light-moderate, chalky tannins. Bendigo subregion. High elevation around 400 m. No whole bunch and low extraction, with just four punch-downs in total, because the vineyard produces naturally high levels of phenolics. Cork sealed. (TJ)."

93/100 Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier (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."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Colour


  • Region

    Central Otago

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Maturity

    2019 - 2029

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK
with LAMB
with PORK



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

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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