Rockburn Central Otago 2016 ‘Tigermoth’ Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Fumé Blanc


Rockburn is best known as one of Central Otago’s top Pinot Noir producers. Winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis has a wonderful reputation for a most consistent ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir, but is also highly regarded for his ability to make and select special limited release bottlings (click here to see my reviews of his top three 2016 Pinot Noirs). However, Malcolm puts just as much effort into making the Rockburn white wine range. Of particular note are the Germanic Spatlese-style ‘Tigermoth’ Riesling, and oak-influenced Fumé Blanc which steer a very different course to the majority of New Zealand examples. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Tigermoth’ Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, and 2015 Fumé Blanc.


  • Rockburn ‘Tigermoth’ Central Otago Riesling 2016
  • Rockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Rockburn Central Otago Fumé Blanc 2015

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