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
17+/20 JancisRobinson.com, Tim Jackson MW
"Bendigo subregion. 400 m elevation, high terrace. Polyphenols naturally high, due to slow and long ripening, so very light extraction, with only cap-wetting and a few punch-downs throughout fermentation.
Mid-deep black-purple – almost Syrah-like colour. White pepper and cedar, with bacon fat! Toasty oak complexity over ripe, plush blackberry fruit. The herbal and orange peel characters are the non-Syrah elements. Brisk acidity, flinty-schist mineral, spice and bacon-fat oak toast. Firm, peppery, Syrah-like tannins. Long and spicy. (TJ)." Drink 2024 - 2032
96/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2016 vintage)
"Immediate and enticing bouquet with layers of dark red berry fruits, plum, baking spice, oak, crushed rocks and complexity. On the palate a focused and detailed Pinot with flavours of toasty oak and brown baking spices, dark berries, plum and old rose. A lengthy finish, complex and filled with Pinosity. Youthful with loads of energy. Decant for service - best drinking from late 2021 through 2027+." Drink 2021 - 2027+
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)."
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