Central Otago Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & Pinot Rosé

Grown, made and bottled in Central Otago

The Grasshopper Rock story

Planted in 2003, Grasshopper Rock is one of the world's southern most vineyards, dedicated exclusively to Central Otago Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris and Pinot Rosé 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 night time 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 2018

Bob Campbell MW

95/100

Hottest vintage on record has produced a fruity and accessible pinot noir with ripe cherry, plum and raspberry flavours laced with spice and supported by French oak. Soft, fruity acidity provides a welcome backbone. Lovely purity and energy. Should age well. June 2020.

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Cameron Douglas MS

96/100

Grown on one of the world’s most southerly Pinot Noir vineyard sites this tiny 7.8 hectare vineyard produces exceptional wine. Since the company was formed in 2001 Phil Handford and the winemaking team have established a world class brand. Pip Battley leads the winemaking team. This Pinot displays a floral, feminine charm, an elegant bouquet, core of fruit and incredible texture. Youthful yet fine, ripe tannins, pristine acidity and long complex finish. April 2020.

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News

Grasshopper Rock Pinot Gris 2020 ranked #1 of 41 2020 NZ pinot gris by The Real Review. Bob Campbell MW, 5 November 2020.

 

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