Grasshopper Rock (Otago) 2017 Pinot Noir
96 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
"A complex and intriguing bouquet of Pinot Noir with suggestions of ripe red berry fruits, layers of wood spice and dried herbs, a dark rose and lavender combination, a deep seated earthy quality and most importantly Pinosity and charm. Delicious on the palate with textures and fruit flavours forming synergies and power balancing the youthful grip of chalky tannins and acidity. Long finish, a lovely wine. Decant for service with best drinking from today and through 2025." Cameron Douglas
Fine Wines of New Zealand, 2019
"Herbal complexity, raspberry and violet notes with background mocha notes from barrel age. The palate shows moderate weight with real elegance." FWNZ
95 Points - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
"Fragrant pinot noir with attractive floral notes together with fleshy plum, dark cherry, wet stone and mineral characters. More weight and fruit intensity than usual perhaps thanks to vintage conditions and vine age. Impressive purity and length." Bob Campbell
92/100 Decanter, Rebecca Gibb
"This has great colour and is beautifully fragrant. It's fresh, elegant yet ripe, with gorgeous violet, blackberry and raspberry coulis flavours. Lovely skin and seed tannins coat the palate like cocoa powder, and there's no edginess evident." Drink 2019 - 2030
The big name Pinot Noir you have never heard of...................
A single site Pinot Noir from Earnscleugh, Grasshopper Rock is on the south side of the Alexandra basin. The vineyard is on warm North facing slopes.
All the good fruit go into this (probably because they only make one Pinot Noir). Clever winemakers, Pip Battley and Pete Bartle, are top of their game when it comes to making top Pinot Noirs, usually with a $60 price tag.
This has to be one of Otago's best value AND best quality offerings around.
Ripe cherry flavours, spices, powdery tannins and gorgeous lengthy finish. Delicious.
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Single bottle: $37.99