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.
"Sweetly fruited and gorgeously complex, the wine shows ripe plum, dark cherry, vanilla, subtle spice, olive and cedar characters on the nose. The palate is equally impressive, displaying excellent concentration and intensity. It's soothing and comforting with seductive flavours and rich texture, finishing fabulously long and velvety. At its best: now to 2026."
95 points, Wine Orbit (March 2020)
"Delicately-scented pinot noir with floral, violet, cherry, spice, anise and subtle savoury and dried herb flavours. An elegant, supple wine with a structure of fine tannins that suggests good cellaring potential."
94 points, The Real Review (February 2020)
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.