Rockburn is one of Central Otago’s most consistent producers of Pinot Noir with a reputation built on superb vineyard holdings and the skill and experience of winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis, who joined Rockburn in 2005 following four-years at Felton Road.
Rockburn’s ‘hands-off’ winemaking approach reliably delivers a pure expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir with an expressive nose and deeply-fruited palate typically displaying notes of red cherry and mocha, supple, lithe tannins and a long finish. Rockburn is noted for its consistent display of elegance, integrity and balance.
Central Otago, located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand, is the world’s most southerly wine region. In a short amount of time, the area has established itself as a world-class region for Pinot Noir. The picturesque region is surrounded by mountains ensuring a cool semi-continental climate that experiences a large diurnal range contributing to the creation of intensely concentrated wines with perfume, and complexity. Central Otago’s vineyard area is divided into six distinct sub regions each with their own climate and wine style. Best known for producing intensely Fruity medium to full bodied Pinot Noir, Central Otago’s cool climate also produces outstanding Riesling as well as superb bottle-fermented Sparkling wines.