Back in February, I had a chance to try this collaboration between Paul Pujol of Prophet’s Rock and François Millet of Comte de Vogüé in Burgundy when I was sitting next to Francois at the Mornington Peninsula Pinot Celebration. I didn’t get to take a note, so I was glad to be able to try it at lunch at the first day of the International Pinot Noir Celebraton in Oregon. When they decided that they’d make a Central Otago wine together, Paul went shopping and bought the same equipment from Burgundy that Francois has in his cellar. ‘It was important that he should get to make the wine with his stuff,’ says Paul. François made one ferment, which results in 300 cases of this debut wine. He likes to rack old-school style from the head of the barrel, transferring the wine from case to case with a hand pump. This allows him to transfer just the fine lees.
Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir Cuvée Aux Antipodes 2015 Central Otago, New Zealand
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. 96/100
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