This wine deserves a mention, even if few will get to try it. It’s the first vintage of Prophet’s Rock new Vin de Paille, a ‘straw wine’ made from Pinot Gris grapes dried on racks in the vineyard barn for 45 days, and then whole bunch pressed. The resulting concentrated must is fermented using wild yeasts, and then bottled with lots of sugar remaining (170 g/l and 11.5% alcohol).
Winemaker Paul Pujol visited a producer of vin de paille in the Jura, back in 2014 – the father-in-law of Francois Millet, who Paul collaborates with to make his Cuvée des Antipodes.
We managed to snag one of the three bottles that Scotch Bar had. It’s beautiful packed and utterly compelling. 763 bottles made.
Prophet’s Rock Vin de Paille 2016 Central Otago, New Zealand
Sweet and complex with bright melon, citrus and peach notes. Viscous but also very fresh with lovely texture and depth, and a slightly spicy finish. Covers so many areas of the flavour spectrum. 95/100
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