2017 Prophets Rock Central Otago Home Block 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 Huon Hooke
"Deep red colour with a good tint of purple and a reserved, slightly shy bouquet, which reveals some oak and earthy, dried herb and other savoury aspects. Dark cherry and liqueur-cherry grew the longer it was in the glass. The palate is likewise, big and bold and loaded with tannin and grip, dense, concentrated flavour, with a solid tannin finish which leaves a chewy after-impression. Very good, a wine that will reward cellaring and drink best with protein-rich foods. It has a lot of grip and body and potential. 28 JUL 2019." Drink 2022 - 2032
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+
|Maturity||2019 - 2029|
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