Rockburn Pinot Noir 2014

The Rockburn vineyards are bound on the west by mountains whose seaward slopes receive 5000mm of rain a year while to the east is a barren, moon-like landscape that receives less than 25mm. A blend of fruit from two vineyard sites at Gibbston (loam over river gravel on the slopes above the Gibbston River Valley) a...



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Varietal
Pinot Noir
Brand Name
Rockburn
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
NEW ZEALAND
Region
Central Otago

Product Description

The Rockburn vineyards are bound on the west by mountains whose seaward slopes receive 5000mm of rain a year while to the east is a barren, moon-like landscape that receives less than 25mm. A blend of fruit from two vineyard sites at Gibbston (loam over river gravel on the slopes above the Gibbston River Valley) and Parkburn (loam over alluvial gravel from a warmer site in the lee of the Pisa range). The 2011 vintage yielded beautiful fruit (selective picking was a must) from each of these sites, which Malcolm Rees Francis and the Rockburn team have simply guided gently through to the bottle with minimal handling. This "hands-off" approach delivers a pure expression of Central Otago to your glass; an expressive nose and deeply fruited palate displaying vibrant notes of red cherry and mocha, and supple, lithe tannins leading into a very long finish. As always this wine shows classic Rockburn elegance, integrity and balance.

The wine was fermented in open-top vats and then barrel aging for 10 months in 100% French Oak (30% new, 30% one & two year old and 40% older wood).

Awards
Champion Open Red Wine Trophy - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012
Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2013


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