Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

As one of the Alexandra’s most successful Pinot Noir labels in terms of wine show results, Grasshopper Rock is a wonderful ambassador for this Central Otago sub-region. The Earnscleugh property has 7.8 ha of vines, exclusively Pinot Noir, with clones 115, 667, 777, Abel, 5 and 114. Local man Mike Moffitt is responsible for the viticulture and the wines are made by Pete Bartle at VinPro in Cromwell. At the start of last year, Phil Handford and Mike Moffitt took me through a vertical tasting of Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir from the inaugural 2006 to the 2012 (click here to read my report). My impression was of a wine that displayed beautiful balance and the depth and substance that the Earnscleugh soils and microclimate provide, but also a wine that expressed the character of each individual growing season and vintage.

Phil and Mike thought the 2013, not then released, might resemble the 2011. The growing season was marked by a cool spring which reduced flower development, but fine weather for flowering resulted in excellent fruit set. Above average temperatures over the rest of summer meant the ripening caught up and the final bunch weights and yields were lower than that of the previous two years. The fruit was picked free of disease and little incidence of shrivel. I review the wine here.


  • Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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