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GRASSHOPPER ROCK EARNSCLEUGH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2018

Excellent Cameron Douglas MS
94 Points
5 Stars Bob Campbell MW
Staff Pick
Value Pick
5 Stars
Fine Wines of New Zealand
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Highly Awarded Pinot Noir from one of the world’s southernmost vineyards.

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  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir

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Highly Awarded Pinot Noir from one of the world’s southernmost vineyards.

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Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List


One of the most awarded, yet one of the most under-the radar Central Otago Pinot Noir labels. From a single vineyard planted entirely in Pinot Noir on the south side of the basin across the Clutha River from the Alexandra township. It has garnered a string of impressive awards since the first vintage in 2006 and has deservedly been included in the list of New Zealand's Finest Wines, compiled by 8 Masters of Wine and Sommelier. This has to represent some of the best value, quality Pinot to come out of Central.


5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, October 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Hottest vintage on record has produced a fruity and accessible pinot noir with ripe cherry, plum and raspberry flavours laced with spice and supported by French oak. Soft, fruity acidity provides a welcome backbone. Lovely purity and energy. Should age well."


Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, October 2021 (2018 Vintage)
"Complex and alluring wine with flavours of ripe red berries and cherries, fine lees and layers of wood. There’s a calm and natural integration with some bottle development and a fine lightly smoked oak with toasty qualities. Flavours include layers of dried herb and schist-stony soil layers. Dry, complex, savoury and well made. Best drinking from purchase and through 2026+."


4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Estate-grown in Alexandra, this is typically a top buy. From vines planted in 2003, the graceful 2018 vintage was hand-picked and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (29 per cent new). Bright ruby, it is fragrant, savoury and supple, with youthful, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity, and a very harmonious finish."


92/100 NZ Wine Rater, September 2021 (2018 Vintage)
"Quite pronounced, attractive, perfumed wine with layers of character – cherry, berry, and floral elements with herbal, seaweed notes, and toasty, vanilla oak. Medium bodied with plush, tasty fruit, a supple, silky texture, and a positive, firm, chewy tannin structure."


Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…


95/100 Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Ample ripeness of red fruits and charming aromas of violet, thyme and plum. Structured and silky on the palate, bursting with freshness, generous and ripe."


19/20 Joelle Thomson, July 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"This 7.8 hectare vineyard in Earnscleugh, Alexandra, takes its name from the endangered protected species of grasshopper, Sigaus childi, found near the vineyard. Alexandra is one of the edgiest places in New Zealand to grow grapes and wines from here are marked by crisp, refreshing acidity as a result. This gives them their zingy quality and makes silky, savoury, superbly delicious wines with great ageing ability. Grasshopper Rock is one of my favourite Central Otago Pinot Noirs for its silky mouthfeel, fresh vibrant style, excellent consistency every year and accessible price."


17+/20 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com (2017 Vintage)
"Light to mid crimson with some blue. Lifted raspberry fruit but sweet fresh cherry on the palate. Oak spice is evident but in balance. Some very nice hints of crushed herbs. Firm but finely textured tannins with fruit spilling out all over. Lots of thyme as it opens."

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