2020 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
"Beautifully ripe and fruit expressive, the fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, blueberry, clove and violet aromas, leading to a pristine palate delivering excellent fruit purity together with silky texture and rounded tannins. Elegant and instantly appealing. At its best: now to 2027. $33.00. www.prophetsrock.co.nz. April 2021." Drink 2021 - 2027
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."
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