Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2011

The joy that Phil Handford, one of the shareholders of Grasshopper Rock had upon being awarded Champion Wine of the Show at the 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards for the 2010 Pinot Noir was something to behold. It capped off a special year for him and his fellow shareholders, as well as winemaker Peter Bartle of VinPro, as the wine was also judged the top wine in Cuisine magazine's tasting of New Zealand Pinot Noir. (I've reviewed the wine at 5-stars. Click here to see my review.) Grasshopper Rock can now lay claim to being the most awarded Pinot Noir from the Alexandra sub-region of Central Otago. It adds considerable weight to the seriousness of the region along with the well-established Two Paddocks brand of Sam Neill, but Grasshopper Rock must now be considered a top label in its own right. Phil reports the vines are performing with greater consistency as they begin to mature. The 2011 wine is the sixth release, and it is yet another creditable effort, from a vintage with its share of challenges, especially in comparison with the excellent 2010. Here is my review. www.grasshopperrock.co.nz

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