2019 Prophets Rock Central Otago Riesling
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 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 (2017 vintage)
"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."
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