Grown, made and bottled in Central Otago

About our wines

We produced our first single vineyard Pinot Noir in 2006 from three-year-old vines. The quality of the wine has been excellent right from the start with the first vintage being likened to one of the great Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy, France. Neal Martin, an influential wine critic and author based in the UK, now senior editor at Vinous and previously at The Wine Advocate wrote of the 2006 vintage: Something of a Romanée-St.-Vivant femininity about it, which is a good thing in my book! An impressive, subtle Central Otago Pinot Noir.

The wines from this vineyard have consistently shown great potential to age with grace and harmony for 10+ years. From the 2011 vintage we have held back wine from each vintage for sale as a library wine. (2014 is the current library release).

In 2014 we made a special release of wine from one small part of the vineyard which consistently produced distinctive fruit. This is our Block 6 label and was produced in 2014 and 2016. This wine has proven to be outstanding and adds another dimension to the Grasshopper Rock story.

To show off what this vineyard is capable of we also sell a six vintage pack. The current six vintage pack includes a bottle of each vintage from 2014 to 2019. All wines are highly rated and provide a great insight into premium single vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir.

No surprises price policy

Product prices include taxes, packaging, and delivery. We do not add a shipping charge at the checkout. If delivery is outside of NI and SI of New Zealand, we will contact you about the additional shipping costs.

Save 15% when you join the Club

Members of the Grasshopper Club save 15% on the latest release Pinot Noir. Club benefits include:

  • 15% saving on current release pinot noir and free delivery in NZ (min 3 bottles).
  • 15% saving on all re-orders of current release pinot noir.
  • Priority access to bottle aged pinot noir, annual magnum releases, Grasshopper Rock Pinot Gris and Rose (made occasionally and in small volumes).
  • Priority access to small volume vintages, such as 2020, which will only be available to club members.

Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2019

  • Fine Wines of New Zealand

  • Classic Wines of New Zealand 

  • Real Review Wine Classification: 2 Merit

Bob Campbell MW  95/100 Outstanding
Bright, fresh pinot with vibrant black cherry, violet, fresh herb, oyster shell and subtle spicy oak flavours supported by fine, bright tannins that give the wine energy and the flavours a gentle launching pad. Appealing wine that is deliciously accessible now but no rush. May 2023  Drink 2023–2035

Cameron Douglas MS 95/100 Outstanding 
Youthful and engaging bouquet with a fine savoury scent and core of ripe red cherry fruits, some light red raspberry flesh and minerality suggesting crumbled earth and stone. Even better on the palate with a vibrant texture from tannins and acidity and fruit flavours that coat the palate. Complex, dry, lengthy and well made. A wine still developing with primary fruits at the forefront of flavour then layers of oak and toasty wood spice attributes. Best drinking from 2025 through 2035. I tried this wine over 3 days and more than a little impressed with its stability, core attributes and complexity. May 2023

Library and special release wines

Block 6 Pinot Noir. A special release of wine from one small part of the vineyard. Available in 6 bottle pack. $300.00

96/100 Bob Campbell MW

2014 vintage library release. From the exceptionally kind 2014 vintage Available in 6 bottle pack. $300.00

95/100 Bob Campbell MW

Six vintages. 6 bottles. One bottle of each vintage from 2014 to 2019. All are award winning and have been maturing in temperature controlled conditions at the winery. $300.00

Wine delivery

New Zealand - North Island up to 4 days; South Island up to 2 days; rural delivery may add 1-2 days. 

Outside of New Zealand - We run a dedicated International e-Cellar Door  (International deliveries button below)

International distribution

Australia - Samuel Smith & Son.

Hong Kong - CitySuper

Ontario, Canada - Paradigm Fine Wine Agency, Tom J. Wilson

All inquiries to Phil Handford +64 21 853 908 or email


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