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2017 Prophets Rock Central Otago Riesling

2017 Prophets Rock Central Otago Riesling

92 Points Richard Caro
2017 Prophets Rock Central Otago Riesling
92 Points Richard Caro

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A future classic in Central Otago Riesling, the Prophet's Rock is serious quality. Elevated, free-draining schist soils in Bendigo are well-chosen for this grape, producing pristine mineral flavours and elegantly ripe fruit. Under the expertise of Alsace-trained winemaker Paul Pujol, this that tastes delicious now but will improve in bottle for a long time. Premium stuff.

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$35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle




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

95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2015 vintage)

"Pure and bright, this exquisitely style riesling shows lime sorbet, white flesh stone fruit, lemon zest and wet limestone characters on the nose. The palate is linear and concentrated, displaying outstanding focus and structure, leading to an impressively persistent, refined finish. At its best: now to 2025. $40.00. www.prophetsrock.co.nz. Feb 2018."

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

"The 2015 Dry Riesling shows a bit of struck flint on the nose and a hint of ripe peach, but most of the fruit here is citrusy, ranging from lime to mandarin. It's medium-bodied, with a steely, unforgiving texture and a long, reverberating finish." Drink 2018 - 2028

18.5/20 Raymond Chan (2016 vintage)

"Full, even, light golden-hued yellow colour with some depth and slight green tints, lighter edged. The nose is elegant in proportion with intense and well-concentrated aromas of lime fruit integrated with wet-stone minerals, unfolding white floral elements. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a refined and concentrated heart with a fine-textured core showing soft lime and lemon fruit flavours along with some piquant white floral notes melded harmoniously with gentle mineral nuances. This is smooth-flowing with light lacy acidity, and the wine carries along a very fine-textured phenolic line leading to a concentrated, lingering finish if limes, florals and minerals. This is a refined but concentrated dryish Riesling with lime fruit and piquant florals, and subtle mineral complexities on a smooth-flowing, linear palate. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4-5+ years. Hand–picked fruit from the two estate vineyards, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.1% alc. and 7.1 g/L RS, TA 7.9 g/L and pH 3.19, the wine aged 10 months on lees. 230 cases made. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $39.99."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety


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  • Region

    Central Otago

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  • Volume


  • Maturity

    2016 - 2028

This Wine Goes Well With

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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