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Whilst general wine offers almost always feature in big, loud neon -  an estate's single vineyard releases, its impossible not to get more excited about the Rockburn Estate Pinot Noir 2021 before one remortgages ones house for the chi-chi stuff...

I ma been extremely lucky to have tasted at least a decade of their releases. There is  one unescapable aspect to Rockburn Estate Pinot Noir. It ages slowly and steadily, gathering in pace and elevated gravitas with each and every additional month spent in the wine cellar.

Rockburn is curated under the zen-buddhist-like commitment of Malcolm Rees-Francis. Aside from sharing surnames with him - which assuredly allows me a little biase in these matters, I have found him to be one of the most committed and deathly serious masters of his art. 

One of the most interesting aspects of selling wine online is that we can easily monitor the pace of demand for a particular wine on a cyclical basis. It's something that I obsess about especially when considering the likes of Pinot, Burgundy and Bordeaux as it's time that elevates a good wine to a higher level. Each time we get Rockburn Pinot Noir in the door - the same thing happens. People take tiny bites and then keep biting. Its seldom that we see 4th and 5th generation buying of a label because we sell such a feast of options, but Rockburn Pinot turns picnicking day-trippers into card-carrying zealots every time...

We have small amounts of the Mac-Daddy single labels as well just in case you feel like tasting for yourself what dramatically good value the Estate wine is at half the price of its elder siblings.
The Wines:

Rockburn's Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Noir 2022

"The unrelenting Central Otago environment tortures the vines whose twisted limbs produce a wine worthy of absolution; strong and sensual with lashings of dark fruit,
sinfully succulent and devilishly good. The flavours are practically immoral, full of black Doris plums, blueberries and dark cherries, and will leave you with an insatiable desire for more..." Winery Tasting Note

$35 net

Rockburn "Nine Barrels" Pinot Noir 2021 (SK 96)

Gold Medal - National Wine Awards of Aotearoa NZ (Oct '22)

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 5 Stars (96/100)
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - 5 Stars, 19/20 pts (95 pts)
Bob Campbell (Real Review) 5 Stars (95/100)
Cameron Douglas MS - 5 Stars (96/100)

$85 net

Rockburn "The Art" Pinot Noir 2021 (SK 97)

Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show (Nov '22)

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 5 Stars (97/100)
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews (Candice Chow) (19+/20 pts) (96 pts)
5 Stars (96/100) Bob Campbell (Real Review)
5 Stars (95/100) Cameron Douglas MS

$85 net

Rockburn Pinot Gris 2021

Ripe peach, nectarine, and Nashi pear aromas with a vibrant luscious palate and long, zesty finish.   Complements rich or light seafood meals and most spiced cuisine, very versatile.

$34 net

Rockburn Pinot Noir 2021 (SK 95)

95/100 - New World Premium New Zealand Selection
5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine (July/Aug '22)
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews (May '22) - 5 Stars, 18.5/20 pts (93 pts)
Wine Folio, David Walker Bell  - 95/100
The Real Review, Bob Campbell - 94/100
Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (May '22) - 95/100

$49 net
Rockburn Stolen Kiss Rose 2021

The sweetly frivolous and fruity side of Central Otago Pinot Noir is bound up in this bottle of Stolen Kiss Rosé; once unleashed into your glass its candy-floss and crème-brûlée aromas shall sashay into a flirtatious toffee-apple and simmering strawberry palate smeared with cherry lip-gloss; most fun to drink chilled on sultry summer afternoons and evenings.

$32 net
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