PROPHET'S ROCK CUVÉE aux ANTIPODES PINOT NOIR 2015

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Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"​The Cuvée Aux Antipodes is the meeting of two winemakers, Paul Pujol and Francois Millet from the two hemispheres. The Old and the New World seemingly so distant, join here in a human and winemaking adventure with a common passion for Pinot Noir and the beauty of its terroirs.
 
The grapes were sourced from our Home Vineyard which is located on a high-elevation, steep glacial terrace in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has clay and pedogenic lime soil, featuring schist and quartz. Cellaring will reward collectors over the next 10+ years from vintage. Only 293 cases were made."

96/100 Jamie Goode, August 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"This beautiful wine is a collaboration between Paul Pujol of Prophet’s Rock and François Millet of Comte de Vogue in Burgundy. Finely aromatic with lovely sappy, vital, fresh cherry fruit. There’s more red fruit than black, and also a nice touch of green. Finely spiced and structured on the palate with good acidity. Juicy, linear and pure with amazing precision and focus. There’s beauty and precision to this wine with lovely green hints. Ethereal."


Raymond Chan, February 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Made by Francois Millet of de Vogue. Fully destemmed, 17 months in 33% new oak. Fruit from one block, vinified in one tank. Hand-plunged once. Deep ruby-red colour. Bright, intense vibrant dark red fruits with spices and oak. Concentrated with density, and beautifully structural in focus, and a core of rich fruit. Wonderfully balanced and great length. This is unique and individual in character.
John Saker, March 2017 (2015 Vintage)​
"The ties that bind Central Otago to Burgundy, the pinot noir mother ship, are many. To name a few: the constant winemaker and viticulturist traffic between the two regions; Central Otago’s financial assistance for the restoration of the ruins of the Abbaye Saint-Vivant; and Central being accorded the honour of being the only wine region in the world asked by Burgundy to support its successful bid to achieve UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Now there’s a new twist to the plot – the release of the Prophet’s Rock Cuvee Aux Antipodes 2015. This remarkable wine is a pinot noir, although there’s no mention of that on the front label. This in itself is very French (in France, wine identity is more closely linked to place of origin than variety), and points to the story behind the wine.

The wine was made by Francois Millet, who since 1986 has been the winemaker at Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue, one of Burgundy’s most revered names. Millet met Paul Pujol of Central Otago’s Prophet’s Rock winery when the latter worked the 2009 vintage at De Vogue. A bond was forged, and a few years later Millet and his wife visited Central Otago. As is often the case, the savage beauty of the place, along with the wines, enthralled them. Millet hatched a plan to make a pinot of his own using fruit from the Prophet’s Rock Vineyard in Bendigo. 

“It’s not just about the wine,” says Millet. “It was the human aspect, the friendships, and also a kind of cultural exchange. I wanted to discover more about the people and the place.”

Pujol was at Millet’s side during the making of the wine. He said with one or two exceptions the Frenchman’s methods did not differ much from his own. “But there were little tweeks here and there which did alter the direction of the wine significantly. For instance, he only plunged the tank (to extract more colour and tannin from the grapeskins) once, but the timing was important.”

The result is a wine of rare beauty. I first tasted it at the recent Wellington pinot conference and there was nothing else like it in the Central Otago room that day. With its seductive aromatics, fine shape in the mouth, intense yet delicate fruit and ethereal texture, it stood apart. “I believe in doing less to add more,” says Millet."


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