‘Prophets Rock’ was founded in 1999 with a singular goal: to find sites in Central Otago like no others and to make wine like no others. Based in the Bendigo subregion of Central Otago, New Zealand, the story started when two vineyards were purchased under the ‘Prophets Rock’ brand: ‘Prophets Rock Home’ Vineyard and ‘Rocky Point Vineyard’. The home block boasts a rare mixture of soils: clay, schist and chalk, while the Rocky Point is (you guessed it) covered in stoney ground on an almost dangerous slope. They are both steep, elevated and distinguished, both contributing to our beloved ‘Prophet’s Rock’ range.
‘Prophets Rock’ are committed to sustainable wine production and like many other New Zealand producers as they not only want the best for the land, but for what ends up in your glass. These practises are applied and adhered to by winemaker Paul Pujol who has distinct training in France’s classical wine regions – specifically Sancerre, Burgundy and Alsace. While having worked around the world, Paul believes that the highlight of his wine career was being invited to work in the 2009 vintage in Chambolle-Musigny in Burgundy. A saying at ‘Prophet’s Rock’ is that the essence of a place can be found inside a glass of wine. This is wholeheartedly true in the ‘Prophet’s Rock’ range, but inside their wines there is something more – the essence of travel, knowledge and as they say “a sensory memory of Paul’s Journey into wine”
Paul’s wines are Riesling, Pinot Noir and our favourite – Pinot Gris. Slowly, gently whole-bunch pressed, followed by long slow ferments in barrel and aging on yeast lees prior to bottling. Wonderfully aromatic, fantastic fruit & spiced aromas. Complex & concentrated with a long dry finish.
For more information on Prophet’s Rock and their wines, visit their website.