PROPHET’S ROCK – CENTRAL OTAGO

Prophet’s Rock was first planted in 1999 in what is a breathtaking part of Bendigo in the Cromwell Basin. Unlike the majority of the vineyards in this region which sit on the valley floor their vineyards are planted on steep slopes facing North. Paul Pujol is the winemaker since the first vintage in 2005 and has spent the off season over the last 4 years working in France at both Alsace for Zunzbar and Comte de Vogue in Burgundy so has a superb grounding in aromatic textured whites and one of the greatest expressions of Pinot Noir.

What’s exciting about these wines is that they are all wild ferment, very low yields per wine and released with bottled age, particularly the Pinot Noir which has only just moved on to 2013. They hold the wines back to ensure the wines have enough time on lees (particularly the Gris) and in barrel for the Pinot Noir.

“I’ve met Paul and tasted his wines a number of times, and this – my first time in the vineyard – confirmed to me that this is one of Central Otago’s top 2 or 3 producers”Jamie Goode

2014 release – “A concentrated Pinot Gris from low-yielding vines (4-5 tonnes/ha or 30 hect/ha) grown in bony, rocky soils. Weighty wine with appealing juicy flavours (pear, apricot, floral and nutty lees) and a great texture. A touch of sweetness helps balance acid and fine tannins perfectly. Impressive wine” – 95 points – Bob Campbell MW – Ranked 3/28 2014 vintage Central Otago Pinot Gris

Rated 5tttth of 105 Pinot Noir’s tasted from Central Otago 2013 vintage – Bob Campbell – “Quite a dense & perfumed Pinot Noir. Velvet textured & vibrant wine, with an appealing mix of ripe red fruits & subtle spices95 points – Bob Campbell MW

“Flagship wine that’s a barrel selection made in very small quantities (this vintage produced 708 bottles). 2010 was an excellent vintage. Although the wine is still a little closed and tight, it does reveal appealing mineral, black cherry, violets, spice and thyme flavours. A dense, still youthful Pinot Noir with a lovely texture”Bob Campbell, MW (96 points. March 2016) – Ranked 3/147 Central Otago Pinot Noirs from the 2010 vintage