2019 Rockburn Eleven Barrels Pinot Noir*

2019 Rockburn Eleven Barrels Pinot Noir*

Regular price $130.00 Sale

RRP $99 / 750ml

Rockburn Eleven Barrels; the name says it all really. Every year we fill hundreds of French oak barrels with Pinot Noir, and every year I search for those individual barrels that most eloquently speak of site and season. We present the results of that search to you here with a wine that exhibits the attributes I enjoy most about Pinot Noir; subtlety, elegance and personality

The 2019 Eleven Barrels Parkburn Vineyard Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine displaying the power, generosity and intensity generated by our Parkburn Vineyard site. Dark and moody, the Eleven Barrels displays notes of black cherry, thyme and ripe plum, with an expressive nose and plush tannins on the palate. With the fine balance of ripe fruit, natural acidity and mineral tension this wine truly represents the Pisa sub-region and its complex nature. Expect to see this youthful wine transform and evolve over a decade or more; please be aware a fine deposit may occur as a result of our minimal handling philosophy.



19/20 - "This is a wine of purity made from a single clone of Pinot Noir (777) and single vineyard in Parkburn, Central Otago. It’s also from the warm, damp and frosty but long 2019 vintage, which allowed great flavour development thanks to the lingering autumn weather that year.  The grapes were given a seven day cold soak to extract colour and tannin, then fermented in seven tonne fermenters followed by 14 months in French oak, only 18% of which was new. I love the fruit expression in this bold wine, which is bone dry, spicy and a gorgeous drink now, when decanted, but will shine with time in the bottle – tuck it away for up to a decade, if willpower allows.- - Joelle Thompson (Sept '20)

94/100 - "Smoky, toasty bouquet with aromas of roasted red berries, plum and wood spices. Complex, youthful and enticing. On the palate is where all the action is with flavours of fresh and dried raspberry, spicy preserved cherry, vanilla and clove then a fine dried herb and savoury core. Tannins and acidity are in abundance working side by side adding texture and structure while the core of ripe fruit easily weaves throughout the palate and in contrast. A youthful, approachable, well made wine that will easily stand the test of time in your cellar, but also enjoyable to day with the right food. Best drinking from late 2021 through 2027+".
- Cameron Douglas MS (Sept '20)

97/100 - "Magnificently composed and styled, the wine shows dark berry, smoked game, tapenade and spicy oak characters on the nose, leading to a superbly concentrated palate that offers awesome depth and richness. It's seamless and silky backed by fine grainy tannins, offering terrific structure and firmness to this compelling pinot. At its best: 2022 to 2032. $96.00. www.rockburn.co.nz. 
- Sam Kim (Sept '20)

96/100 (5 Stars) - "The best eleven barrels from Rockburn's Parkburn vineyard and the excellent 2019 vintage. Quite intense, weighty pinot noir with plum, cherry, savoury, earthy, wild thyme and spicy oak flavours. A solidly-structured wine with obvious cellaring potential, but can be appreciated now. Drink 2020–2029"
- Bob Campbell, The Real Review (Sept 2020)

5 Stars - Just eleven barrels of the very best pinot noir harvested from Rockburn’s Parkburn vineyard were surrounded with large road cones and strict instructions by winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis “No Touching!”.  The result is a wine plump with courage and character, deep cherry notes, a hint of rosehip tea, earthy tones and a dusting of wild thyme. Parkburn is part of the Lowburn, Pisa sub-region and pinot from those gentle slopes tend to show heightened florals and impressive minerality on the finish. It’s a lovely thing to drink now, but it’s seeming to me like a lovely little slow-burn for the cellar.
- Yvonne Lorkin (Sept 2020)

19/20 (5 Stars) - "Deep, bright ruby-black with some depth, slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is gentle, pleasingly fragrant, aromatic black cherry-plums, entwined with thyme, spices and an undertone of mineral tension. Medium-bodied, black cherries, sweet plums are highly aromatic, along with red florals and thyme, flows on a milk chocolate toned tannin and a mineral tension underlay. The mouthfeel is smooth with fine powdery tannin and a light grip, reminiscent of milk chocolate with the cocoa and round-edged; flows along a mineral line. The fruit has good concentration and ripeness, showing good intensity and length, enlivened by balanced acidity, hauling to a sustained finish. The wine is well-proportioned with its fruit and tannin, harmoniously in sync with each other, ready to enjoy now and has potential for longer-term ageing. Match with lamb and venison over the next 8 years. 100% Pinot Noir from Parkburn, clone 777. 13.5% alc. Aged in French oak for 14 months, 18% new."
- Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

91/100 - "Rather subdued on the nose, this is a brooding, young wine that requires further investigation. It is a firm, muscular and tannic style with full body. The fruit is dark, spicy and savory rather than the perky primary fruit you might be used to from a young New Zealand Pinot Noir. The midpalate offers clarity and breadth, but the lasting impression of this wine is rather dry and chewy. I'm not sure the fruit has what it takes to handle the structure, which will take time to evolve in bottle.
91 Points
- Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinious

94/100 - "This has a deep and fragrant array of dried flowers, plums, mulberries, cocoa powder and black tea. Firm and toasty, with firm tannins and a dark minerality. Tense and brooding for now. Better from 2024. Screw cap. 
- James Suckling (April '23)