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. In establishing the vineyard, we searched for land that would provide the best conditions for consistently producing premium pinot noir in a distinctive Central Otago style.

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.

2015 Available online

  • 95 points - Bob Campbell MW
  • 19.0/20- Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
  • 4 1/2 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide
  • 90+ points - The Wine Advocate
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What they say about Grasshopper Rock


"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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Awards and reviews - 2015 Grasshopper Rock

April 7, 2017
Reviews The Wine Advocate #228 –Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW 90+/100 Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Earnscleugh Vineyard Pinot Noir gives fragrant notes of crushed red and black cherries, red currants and wild thyme with a hint of violets. Medium-bodied, it has a great core of expressive red...
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