2016 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
97/100 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+." Drink 2021 - 2029+
96/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)
"Only released after at least five years in bottle. From a tiny parcel on the Home vineyard. Elegant, fine-grained pinot noir with violet, plum, dark cherry, spice, roasted chestnut and spicy oak flavours. A vibrant, high-energy wine. Should age well."
96/100 Huon Hooke (2015 vintage)
"Very deep, rich red colour with a trace of purple lingering on the rim. The bouquet is reserved and spicy with some oak vanillin and raspberry to dark-cherry to blackberry aromatics. The wine is full-bodied for a pinot, and highly structured with masses of ripe, supple but insistent tannins. It's not just a serious pinot but a serious red wine, with full-body and the backbone to handle very hearty foods."
|Maturity||2021 - 2029+|
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