Rockburn Pinot Gris, Central Otago


Rockburn Pinot Gris, Central Otago

Our Price:  £21.02Earn 21 Loyalty Points




Producer Note

Rockburn started as the hobby of Richard Bunton in 1991. He planted a few hectares of vineyard in the then pretty much unknown area of Central Otago. In 2005, Malcolm Francis the winemaker, arrived from Felton Road where his skills immediately reaped the rewards when he won the Elite Gold Medal. This is a very exciting new arrival on the world Pinot Noir stage.


Pinot Gris clones 2/15 and 2/21 are hand-picked from Rockburn's two vineyard sites in Parkburn and Gibbston Valley. The Parkburn vineyards lie in the middle of Central Otago Block Mountain ranges, on an old, alluvial terrace, covered by a loam topsoil. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 235 metres, with a semi continental climate of hot, dry summers and cold, dry winters. The Gibbston Valley vineyard lies on the western side of Central Otago in very mountainous, once glaciated country. Alluvial fans and scarps dominate the landscape, which have been terraced by the Kawarau River. A strong, prevailing westerly airstream influences the climate, with higher rainfall and more cloud, resulting in lower sunshine hours. Vines are trained to a Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) system.


With minimal handling, the juice from each parcel was fermented in stainless steel on its gross lees at temperatures of 14°C to retain aromatics and finesse. Winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis stopped fermentation at each parcel's perfect level of sugar and acidity balance. The wine was then racked and blended.

Tasting Note

Ripe peach, nectarine and Nashi pear aromas are backed by a hint of spice and a streak of minerality. The vibrantly fruity off-dry palate is layered over a rich and creamy texture. A firm backbone of acidity leads into very long, zesty finish.

Serving Suggestion

Complements rich or light seafood and most Asian spiced cuisine, although its extraordinary versatility should be experienced with a wide range of dishes.


Pinot Gris 100%

Producer:  Rockburn
Grape Varieties:  Pinot Gris
Optimum Drinking:  Within 4 years
Wine Style:  Off dry fruity clean white
Alcohol by Volume:  14%
Closure:  Screwcap
Country:  New Zealand
Style / Colour:  White

Customer Reviews

Be the first to Write a Review for this item!