Planted in 2003, Grasshopper Rock is one of the world's southern most vineyards, dedicated exclusively to Pinot Noir. 

Pinot Gris and Rose are made from grapes sourced from other Central Otago vineyards. 

The vineyard is on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The site enjoys high sunshine hours and very cool nighttime temperatures. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of spring and autumn frost, providing a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of premium pinot noir.

Grasshopper Rock takes it name from an endangered grasshopper, Sigaus childi, found near the vineyard.

Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2017

This is a classic Grasshopper Rock pinot noir with the volume turned up. It's richer, fleshier and more approachable than usual but has the distinctive cherry, violet, herb and mineral Grasshopper Rock signature. 25 Sep 2020. Drink 2020–2030. 96/100 Bob Campbell MW

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. 96/100 Cameron Douglas MS

Herbal complexity, raspberry and violet notes with background mocha notes from barrel age. The palate shows moderate weight with real elegance. Fine Wines of New Zealand 

New release tasting - 25 October

Alexandra Basin Winegrowers Annual Labour Weekend new release wine tasting at Olivers Clyde. Over 20 local vineyards including Grasshopper Rock. Sunday 25 October, 1 - 4 pm. Buy tickets online.

News

Some of New Zealand's greatest pinot noir producers are some of the smallest. Modest in size, not in standing. Click download to read article by Bob Campbell MW featuring Grasshopper Rock.

 

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