2018 Prophets Rock Central Otago Riesling

2018 Prophets Rock Central Otago Riesling

94 Points Richard Caro
2018 Prophets Rock Central Otago Riesling
94 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 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

Winemaker notes

"It gets the same meticulous treatment in the vineyard as our top Pinot Noir, and our yields are extremely low, creating a concentrated expression of our unique site. Averaging only 300 cases per vintage, our Dry Riesling is a rare find. The vinification is heavily influenced by Paul’s time in Alsace, where use of wild yeast, multiple small vessels and long ageing are the norm. After lengthy slow ferments, the various components are aged on their yeast lees before bottling. The wine is cellared for at least two years before release. This wine has been extremely well-reviewed since the first release in 2006."

95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2017 vintage)

"Wild ferment in old barrels. Winemaker Paul Pujol likes to leave the wine in old oak barrels for a year to help build texture and another year in bottle before release. It works. "Wine shouldn't be rushed." Dry, but certainly not austere riesling with floral, toast and lime flavours. A deliciously textural wine. Very impressive 12 SEP 2019."

4.5 Stars Michael Cooper

"Estate-grown and hand-picked at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, the 2017 vintage (4.5*) was fermented with indigenous yeasts in old oak barrels. Light lemon/green, it is a very youthful, tightly structured wine, with strong, citrusy, limey flavours and a crisp, dryish (6.7 grams/litre of residual sugar), persistent finish."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety


  • Colour


  • Region

    Central Otago

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Maturity

    2020 - 2030

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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