2013 Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir
Central Otago, New Zealand
GOLD MEDAL – Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
BLUE-GOLD MEDAL - Sydney International Wine Competition 2015
SILVER MEDAL – International Wine Challenge 2015
SILVER MEDAL – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Joelle Thomson – TOP 20 Pinot at Central Otago Pinot Noir new release tasting Sep 2014
Best Buy - 4.5 Stars - Cuisine Magazine, May 2015
Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Fine, pretty nose; pure and ripe, blessed with layers of toasty oak, raspberry, strawberry and just a hint of chocolate and spice. To taste it's no less toothsome, with sparkling intensity and vibrancy, delivering reams of cinnamon-kissed, creamy red fruits. Beautifully poised and with great tension.
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 94/100, 5 STARS
Continuing their refined style, the 2013 offering delivers excellent depth of flavour and richness together with elegant complexity. Gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, plum, mixed spice and floral with a hint of cedar lead to a focused palate that is richly textured and beautifully framed by bright acidity. Long and engaging, lingering and delicious. At its best: now to 2023. Feb 2015. (Tasted at the Pinot Celebration)
Raymond Chan – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 18.5+/20, 5 STARS
Moderately dark ruby-red colour, with light purple hues on rim. The nose is gently full with rich, ripe fruit aromas of dark cherry and raspberry fruits harmoniously interwoven with thyme herb notes and subtle oak elements. Some raspberry liqueur detail unfolds with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate features a soft-textured, smooth and integrated core of ripe, dark raspberry fruit entwined with thyme herbs and a hint of minerally reduction. The fruit has a gentle sweetness and lusciousness balanced by supple, fine-grained tannins. Soft acidity enhances the seamless flow and the wine carries to a very long, sustained finish with dark cherry notes and refined tannin textures. This is a supple, smooth-flowing and harmonious, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with real beauty. Match with poultry, pork and Asian fare over the next 5-6 years. Pinot Noir clones 5, 777, 115, 114, Abel and 667 destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Mar 2015.
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Cuisine Magazine - Best Buy & 4.5 Stars
Regularly one of the Alexandra sub-region's finest examples of pinot noir, this version is typically fragrant and pure. Red and darker fruit, plus a herbal twist, are lifted by fine, firm tannins. "It's not a show pony," said Sam Harrop, "but very fresh and elegant." May 2015
Emma Jenkins MW – Australian Women's Weekly NZ
A rich juicy core or red berryfruit and spice, finely balanced and lengthy. Grasshopper Rock has to be one of the best value pinot buys. Super reliable, super delicious. April 2015
Mark Henderson – Otago Daily Times – Rating: Excellent
Floral, fragrant with typical Central bright cherry notes. A finer boned style in a positive way. Light on its feet with lovely flavour persistence and excellent balance. Approachable and very appealing wine with hints of underbrush and herb and fine tannins. Excellent length. Strawberry notes with time in the glass. 13 May 2015
Sue Courtney – Wine of the Week
Translucent in its light ruby-violet appearance with a bouquet that is fruity and inviting. A fine textured wine with a savoury richness, sweet and sour cherries, dried cranberries, nuances of rosehips, hints of mocha and touches of lemon thyme. There's a great vinous flow after the initial grip is chased away and a beautifully expansive finish. A wine to put in the cellar right now and enjoy the foresight you had to do this in 3 or 4 years time. 29 Apr 2015. http://www.wineoftheweek.com/wednesday/2015Apr.htm...
Cameron Douglas MS – 4 Stars Lush ripe red fruits bouquet with a distinctive silty soil layer, floral tones and medium+ complexity. On the palate - dusty powdery tannins first then red fruit flavors cherry and raspberry; medium+ (ish) oak still finding its way in the wine; medium+ acidity and length. A wine with complexity and potential. May 2015 http://camerondouglasms.blogspot.co.nz/2015/05/grasshopper-rock.html
The Sydney International Wine Competition Judge's comments when tasted with pot roast guinea fowl with cabbage and bacon:
Bryan Currie - Bright red in colour. Aromatic. Red cherry and spice with a touch of stalk. ?? long palate with length. A great match for the gamey fowl and the saltiness of the cabbage. A beautiful wine.
Kym Milne - Perfumed and bright. Quite a pretty Pinot nose. An elegant wine. A lovely palate with vibrant fruit. Light to medium bodied and very good length. A lovely vibrant wine with the food.