2019 Prophets Rock Rocky Point Central Otago 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
93/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2017 vintage)
"One of the most consistently excellent and appealing pinots, the latest offering is filled with delectable fruit flavours of dark cherry and blueberry, together with toasted almond, game and violet nuances. The palate displays lovely weight and concentration, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and flowing mouthfeel, finishing long and succulent. At its best: now to 2022. $33.00. www.prophetsrock.co.nz. July 2018." Drink 2017 - 2020
93/100 The Wine Front, Gary Walsh (2017 vintage)
"Earthy, spicy/smoked paprika thing, some roast capsicum, red fruits. Medium bodied, spicy and more to earthy/savoury, good grain to the tannin, clean acidity, length is earthy and pretty good, something of a fresh strawberry aftertaste. Character." Drink 2019 - 2028
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