Rockburn – New Release
Under the winemaking of Malcolm Rees-Francis, Rockburn Wines makes a diverse range of high quality and interesting Central Otago wines. However, it is Pinot Noir that is the focus, and the Rockburn Pinot Noir is one of the most consistent wines of the region, regularly winning top awards. Malcolm has ‘The Barrel’ and ‘The Art’ Pinot Noirs to express individuality, but the ‘estate’ Pinot Noir’s performance is based on the regular fruit source of Parkburn and Gibbston fruit which lends richness and ripeness with just that edginess of something cooler to keep things really interesting.
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Rockburn Pinot Noir 2019, Central OtagoPinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 28-Jul-2020Dark, medium ruby-red with depth and a black tinge, youthful, even throughout. The nose is young, gently-full with aromas of black cherries, sweet plums, blackcurrants, melded with sweet herbs and oak spices detail. Medium-bodied, aromas of blackcurrants, black cherries have a good core of concentration, along with mocha, dark herbs, lingers with oak spices to a supple, elegant finish. The palate is fresh and silky with supple fine-grained tannin extraction, provides structure. Lively acidity lightened the black fruit, spices and herbs, flows smoothly along to a voluminous, moreish finish. This is an elegantly, fine Pinot Noir with flavours of blackcurrants, black cherries, along with mocha and herbs, supported by lively acidity on a fine-grained tannin structure line. Match with lamb and duck sausages over the next 4-6 years. Fruit from Gibbston 17%, Parkburn 83%. Fermented in tanks to 13.5% alc. Then aged for 10 months in French oak, 33% new, 18% 1-year-old. 18.5+/20 pts July 2020 RRP $49.99