Prophet's Rock Rocky Pinot Noir 2019

New Zealand
Central Otago
Pinot Noir

A concentrated & elegant wine capturing the aromatics & velvety tannins sought after in the best Central Otago Pinot Noir. Drawn primarily from our Rocky Point Vineyard, an extremely steep site on schist rock soil. Pinot Noir from this site always shows a subtle mineral character underlying the plush aromatics & texture. - Winemaker's Notes

The Winery

Prophet's Rock is a winery in the Central Otago region in New Zealand's South Island. The winery is primarily known for producing Pinot Noir alongside Riesling, Pinot Gris and a dessert wine.

The winery was founded in 1999 and predominantly uses two key vineyards, the Prophet's Rock Home Vineyard and Rocky Point. Although both are based on steep slopes, the Home Vineyard is a medley of schist, clay and chalk, while Rocky Point is stony with steep slopes.

The estate has a strong association with France. Owner and winemaker Paul Pujol, though a New Zealander, has worked in the Languedoc, Sancerre, Burgundy and Alsace. The latter two were especially influential in his approach.

Furthermore, the key winemaking decisions for the Cuvée Aux Antipodes Pinot Noir are made by Francois Millet, the eminent winemaker of Comte Georges de Vogüé. The wine has a more pronounced tannic backbone than Pujol's range topping Retrospect bottling.

The Infusion bottling is another rather unusual wine. It is lighter and brighter than many Pinot Noirs from the region and can be drunk lightly chilled. - Information from Wine Searcher

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