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Rocky Point Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

12 May,2017
Rocky Point is the secondary label of Prophet’s Rock, a Central Otago producer with two vineyards in the Bendigo sub-region. The ‘Home’ vineyard on the Chinaman’s Terraces produces Pinot Noirs with depth, complexity and longevity, whereas the ‘Rocky Point’ vineyard, more southerly situated and nearer Lake Dunstan, on schist soil lends greater approachability. Winemaker Paul Pujol has a distinctly European approach to the winemaking and the wines made to date have been of high quality and provoke plenty of interest and thought. I have found the Rocky Point Pinot Noir growing in consistency and quality over recent vintages as Paul has become more familiar with the vineyard which was acquired for the 2013 vintage. Here, I review the new 2016 Rocky Point Pinot Noir. www.prophetsrock.co.nz

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Rocky Point Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18/20
Full, dark, deep, black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a firmly concentrated, densely packed nose of restrained, but ripe black cherry and berry fruits with nuances of plums, thyme herbs and aromatic black minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, luscious and vibrant fruit flavours of ripe black cherries and berries with hints of plums, herbs and hints of liquorice. The fruit is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity providing energy and tension, and supported by fine-grained balancing tannins. The wine flows along a fine-textured line with good vitality, leading to an elegantly concentrated, lingering finish of black fruits. This is a rich and stylishly luscious, black-fruited Pinot Noir with fresh acidity and fine,-grained structure with an elegantly concentrated line. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6+ years. Pinot Noir fruit predominantly from the ‘Rocky Point’ vineyard, hand-picked, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new French oak. 18.0/20 May 2017 RRP $29.99
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