Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2015
$3999each
$479DOZEN
WineryGrasshopper Rock
Fruit Pinot Noir
Regions Central Otago
  New Zealand
Each $39.99
$479.00
Available by the dozen
Named for a rare grasshopper Sigaus childi, found only at Central Otago within the Earnscleugh gold mine tailings, just across the road from Grasshopper Rock vineyard. The site is fortuitously harsh and sufficiently challenging to make the vines work their hardest. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of severe spring and autumn frosts, the property represents a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of world class Pinot Noir.
Earnscleugh Road is at the southernmost latitude of established wine growing in Central Otago. At 45°15' south, the property is one of the most isolated in the world, along with a select group of other sites on the Earnscleugh Rim. Grasshopper Rock is one of the few tracts of quality arable land in the Dunstan Basin. Within the site, there are three distinct areas, Blocks 1 and 2 are hill soils on shattered schist, Blocks 3 and 4 are at the foot of the hill on loamy sand over schist gravel, Blocks 5 and 6 are out from the hill on loamy sand and stony schists. A single vineyard wine from fruit grown to hand managed vines, crafted to traditional techniques, matured ten months in a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES
Bright, deep scarlet. Deeply aromatic with earth, cherry and charming violet florals, darker fruits and concentration, gentle spice and toasty oak. Smoothly textured palate with ripe tannins in support of red and black currant and plum flavours. Rich, generous yet wonderfully integrated on release, a long savoury finish and perfect balance of cherry Pinot acids.
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More About Grasshopper Rock Winery
Grasshopper Rock is a small Central Otago wine producer, dedicated exclusively to the production of first class, single vineyard Pinot Noir
In establishing the vineyard, the proprietors searched for land that would provide the best conditions for consistently producing a premium Pinot Noir in a elegant Central Otago style. The chosen site is situated on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The property enjoys high sunshine hours and high mean temperatures and is sufficiently harsh and difficult to make the vines work their hardest. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of spring and autumn frosts, providing a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of premium pinot noir. Grasshopper Rock»