Wine with Bob Campbell: Rocky Point 2019 Pinot Noir, Central Otago

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 1 Aug 2020, 11:54AM

Wine with Bob Campbell: Rocky Point 2019 Pinot Noir, Central Otago

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 1 Aug 2020, 11:54AM

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Wine: Rocky Point 2019 Pinot Noir, Central Otago $33

Why I chose it:

  • I try to feature wines below $20 but, although this is more expensive it still represents good value
  • Its Pinot Noir day on 18th August, this is a good candidate
  • It’s a “winter weather” Pinot Noir with plenty of weight and richness, as opposed to a lighter, softer “summer Pinot” style.
  • Made by Prophet’s Rock, one of my favourite Central Otago Pinot Noir producers. This is their entry level Pinot.

What does it taste like?

  • Quite rich and concentrated PN with plum, dark berry, wood smoke, spice and a Central Otago signature of wild thyme.

Why it’s a bargain:

  • Central Otago Pinot Noir averages around $45 and I think this is a better-than-average Central Otago Pinot Noir

Where you can buy it?

  • The winery is selling it for $33 but you can buy it at Vino Fino in Chch for $25.99, Winesale.co.nz in Wellington for $27.99 and Fine Wine Delivery Co in Auckland for $28.99. Thanks to COVID-19 most wine stores offer an online delivery service.

  • Food match? It’s a fairly robust Pinot Noir and can handle rich stews and casseroles. Also goes well with pasta dished served with a rich meat sauce.

Will it keep?

I would expect it to become smoother and more complex within, say, five or six years although it’s pretty approachable now.