Rockburn 2016 ‘Estate’, ‘Seven Barrels’ and ‘The Art’ Pinot Noirs


Rockburn is one of Central Otago’s most consistent top-quality wine producers. Established by Richard Bunton and partners in 1991 and producing wine under the ‘Hays Lake’ label until 2002 when the ‘Rockburn’ brand was introduced. With the arrival of Malcolm Rees-Francis in 2005, the wines made a step up in presence and quality from his thoughtful and precise winemaking. In 2015, a new winery at Ripponvale Road in Cromwell was commissioned to process the fruit from the company’s 9 ha Gibbston and 33 ha Parkburn vineyards. Pinot Noir has always been the focussed variety, and the ‘Estate’ bottling, made from a blend of districts, has proven to be a top award winner over many vintages. It is a classical Central Otago style. There are rarer and more limited production Pinot Noirs made when the vintage conditions allow. Rees-Francis selects barrels which are expressive of site and season to make the flagship ‘Barrel’ wines, the name ‘barrel’ preceded by the number selected. In 2016, the special bottling of Gibbston-only fruit was labelled ‘Seven Barrels’. The other limited bottling Pinot Noir is ‘The Art’, so named after the artistry that the winemaker employs in making a wine that is distinctively separate from science. In this wine Rees-Francis can explore variations on a sub-regional theme. Here, I review the 2016 Rockburn ‘Estate’, ‘Seven Barrel’ and ‘The Art’ Pinot Noirs. www.rockburn.co.nz


  • Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Rockburn ‘Seven Barrels’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Rockburn ‘The Art’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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