Rockburn is one of Central Otago’s most consistent producers of Pinot Noir with a reputation built on superb vineyard holdings and the skill and experience of winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis, who joined Rockburn in 2005 following four-years at Felton Road.
Rockburn’s ‘hands-off’ winemaking approach reliably delivers a pure expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir with an expressive nose and deeply-fruited palate typically displaying notes of red cherry and mocha, supple, lithe tannins and a long finish. Rockburn is noted for its consistent display of elegance, integrity and balance.
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion with intense and penetrating aromas of dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit, along with plum notes, dark-red florals and hints of licorice. Dark herbal elements are harmoniously interwoven adding interest. This has focus and clarity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has richly sweet and vibrant fruit flavours of cherry and raspberry fruit, entwined with plum, licorice and dark herb notes, along with fragrant red florals. The fruit forms a deep core with soft, supple tannin structure and integrated acidity in support. The juicy and up-front flavours carry with good drive to a long and sustained finish. This is a well-proportioned and concentrated, sweetly rich Pinot Noir with cherry, raspberry, plum and licorice notes on a finely structured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 6-7+ years. Clones 10/5, 5, 6, Abel, 667 and 777, 86% of the fruit from Parkburn, 14% from Gibbston, fermented with on average 12% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine on skins 7-14 days post ferment and aged 10 months in 35% new French oak. 7,000 dozen and 300 magnums made. 18.5+/20 points, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz (2/2018).
Fruit-focused Pinot Noir with plump plum and ripe dark cherry flavours, together with mixed spice and a hint of floral characters. A silken-textured wine in a very appealing and accessible style. Another winner from Rockburn. Drink to 2025. 95 points, Real Review (7/2017).
Central Otago, located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand, is the world’s most southerly wine region. In a short amount of time, the area has established itself as a world-class region for Pinot Noir. The picturesque region is surrounded by mountains ensuring a cool semi-continental climate that experiences a large diurnal range contributing to the creation of intensely concentrated wines with perfume, and complexity. Central Otago’s vineyard area is divided into six distinct sub regions each with their own climate and wine style. Best known for producing intensely Fruity medium to full bodied Pinot Noir, Central Otago’s cool climate also produces outstanding Riesling as well as superb bottle-fermented Sparkling wines.