Rockburn takes its name from the rugged, rock-strewn, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago. The region is renowned for its stunning scenery of rugged mountains and picturesque lakes. They produce premium wines of intense varietal characteristics in Central Otago, the world’s most southerly grape-growing region. Central Otago, at 45º south, has a climate similar to Burgundy, France, the great Pinot Noir producing region of the world.
The 2017 Rockburn Pinot Noir maintains the high standard achieved over many vintages with this label, although it no doubt benefited from excellent ripening condition in 2017. A richly textural pinot noir with ripe plum, dark cherry, coffee, liquorice and sweet oak flavours. A generously-proportioned wine with layers of subtle flavours leading to a lengthy finish. Very impressive. Drink: 2019 to 2024; Price: $49.99; Rating: 95 Points; Bob Campbell MW; The Real Review
Wonderfully fruited and perfumed, the gorgeously expressed bouquet shows dark cherry, raspberry, game, thyme and roasted almond characters with nuances of mushroom and spice. The palate is concentrated and beautifully weighted, displaying elegance as well as richness, backed by seamlessly woven fine tannins. Splendidly composed and harmonious, offering terrific drinking. At its best: now to 2022; Rating: 95 Points; Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
The palate has a finely concentrated and elegant core of ripe black and dark-red berry fruit entwined with soft notes of dark herbs and whole bunch stalk nuances, along with violet and dark red floral lift. This is a finely concentrated Pinot Noir with ripe dark-red and black fruit and a subtle layering of herbs and whole bunch elements, with a refined structure and fresh acidity. Price: $49.99; Rating: 94 Points; Raymond Chan; Wine Reviews
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