Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2012

Phil Handford and his partners are on top of their game, having made a succession of outstanding Pinot Noirs from their Earnscleugh vineyard just out of Alexandra in Central Otago from the first vintage in 2006. Having the 2010 vintage of Grasshopper Rock awarded the Champion Wine of the Show trophy at the Air N.Z. Wine Awards will be hard to beat, but I believe that the quality and style has been established now. While there will be continual improvements in building in greater levels of complexity and the increasing consistency and extract from vines that are growing in balance and maturity, it will be vintage variations that will be more manifest. This could be seen in the 2011 vintage wine which was to me, more racy and grainy than the 2010 (click here to see my review of the 2011 wine). I was impressed with my preview of the 2012 Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir at the Central Otago Spring Release tasting held at the end of September (click here to read my report, which outlines the 2012 vintage conditions), noting its piquant perfumes and pure, fresh fruit expression, and rated it in my leading group. Winemaker Pete Bartle at VinPro is interpreting the fruit superbly. Here, I review the wine as a ‘Feature Review’. www.grasshopperrock.co.nz


  • Grasshopper Rock ‘Earnscleugh Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

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