2019 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
96/100 Huon Hooke (2018 vintage)
"Medium to full ruby colour with traces of purple and brick-red. The bouquet is reserved and metallic with ironstone and dried-blood nuances, dark plum emerging with airing, and very complex. The wine is full-bodied and savoury, with drying tannins, fleshiness and terrific depth of flavour. Serious concentration and appetising savouriness. A pinot with structure: the tannins are typical of the Bendigo subregion 24 MAY 2021." Drink 2021 - 2030
95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2018 vintage)
"From Prophet Rock's high altitude Bendigo vineyard and the hottest vintage on record. Elegant, intense and savoury pinot noir with raspberry, blueberry, baked earth, anise, thyme and spice flavours. It's supported by fine tannins that give the wine a suede-like texture. 19 FEB 2021." Drink 2021 - 2027
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2018 vintage)
"An individual, refreshing, varietal and savoury bouquet of Pinot. Aromas include dried herb and ripe cranberry, rose and red cherry flesh. The oak is very mild with a hint of spice. Dry with abundant fruit tannins contrasted by a core of red cherry, cranberry and lite red apple. Youthful acid line and a floral moment adds complexity, intensity and length. Great balance and finish. Drink today and through Summer 2021."
|Maturity||2021 - 2031|
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