Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021
Rockburn takes its name from the rugged, rock-strewn, burn scarred landscape of Central Otago. Situated on the 45th parallel, Rockburn shares a climate that is similar to Burgundy. The vineyards are surrounded by mountains to the west, whose seaward slopes are rainforest, receiving 5,000mm of rain per annum. To the east is a barren, moon-like landscape that receives less than 25mm rain per year. Situated between these extremes, lay the Rockburn vineyards, which are producing Pinot Noir of stunning quality. The wine was 100% barrel aged for 10 months in French oak, of which 33% was new and 18% was one-year old. Expressive aromas lead to a deeply fruity palate displaying notes of red and black cherry layered with rich notes of mocha. Supple, silky tannins envelop the smooth palate through to a long finish. This Pinot Noir shows classic Rockburn elegance, integrity and balance.