Grown, made and bottled in Central Otago

A single vineyard dedicated exclusively to pinot noir

Grasshopper Rock is one of the world's southern most vineyards, established in 2003 and dedicated exclusively to Pinot noir. Grasshopper Rock is grown, made and bottled in Central Otago, from Pinot noir grapes, sourced exclusively from our 7.8ha Earnscleugh vineyard.

The vineyard is situated on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The site enjoys high sunshine hours by day and very cool temperatures by night 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 takes it name from the endangered protected species of grasshopper Sigaus childi found near the vineyard.

Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir has been named one of New Zealand's finest wines. The Fine Wines of New Zealand selection is a definitive list of the finest wines produced in New Zealand.

2016 Grasshopper Rock

  • 96 points & GOLD medal - Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Top100 & BLUE GOLD medal - Sydney International Wine Competition
  • 95 points - Bob Campbell MW
  • 19.0/20- Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
  • 5 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide

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What they say about Grasshopper Rock

"There‚Äôs something very appealing about Grasshopper Rock. The focus on the single wine, the very reasonable pricing, the sheer ordinariness of it all. And I mean that as a true compliment; no glamorous winery, nothing flash at all but instead a producer quietly getting on with making wine." Jane Skilton MW

"A reputation as Central Otago's best value pinot noir" Bob Campbell MW

"Typically a wonderful buy" Michael Cooper, Wine Buyer's Guide

"One of the best Alexandra and Central Otago labels" Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 2016

A Classic Wine of New Zealand Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide

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2019 vintage

April 15, 2019
Another excellent vintage
2019 vintage season was overall a warm year but started with hard frosts in September and October and ended with hard frosts in early April. The 13 October frost during budburst was particularly hard but the vines were well protected from damage by our sprinkler frost fighting system. Fl...
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Fine Wines of New Zealand 2019 announced.

Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir has been named as one of the finest wines produced in New Zealand.

Grasshopper Rock Club

Grasshopper Rock Club guarantees you delivery of one case of each new vintage and special Club pricing.

 

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