2021 Rockburn Pinot Gris
On the picturesque Gibbston Back Road you will find our Pinot Gris Vineyard. Grapes were hand harvested early morning then quickly returned to the Rockburn Winery and fermented in small batches.
Parcels of the youthful pinot gris have then been subtlety aged in older French oak, thus adding additional layers of texture and weight to the palate and enhancing those exceptional aromatics and flavours.
On the nose you’ll find aromas of ripe peach, nectarine, and Nashi pear with a vibrant luscious palate and long, zesty finish. Complements rich or light seafood meals and most spiced cuisine, very versatile.
Reviews / Accolades
Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2022
Gold Medal - International Wine Competition (UK) 2023
4 stars - Michael Cooper, Winestate Magaine - "Enjoyable young, this partly barrel-fermented wine was estate-grown in Gibbston. Bright, light lemon/green, it is medium-bodied, with strong, vibrant, peachy flavours, gentle sweetness, fresh acidity, and an invitingly scented bouquet - July / August 2022"
5 Stars & 94/100 - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews by Candice Chow - "Bright, pale yellow with depth, even colour throughout. The nose is gently-full, with soft aromas of ripe Peckham pear, yellow nectarine, white floral, honey and spice. Medium-bodied, dry-ish to taste, succulent aromas of Peckham pear, nectarine entwined with ginger, white pepper and a honied note; salivating acidity provides a crisp balance to the sweetness, led a juicy finish. A slightly oily mouthfeel reflects minerals and fine-textured phenolics. This crisp, dry-ish Pinot Gris possesses lush fruit and spice with a refreshing, moreish finish. Match with spicy fishcakes and chilli pork over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from Gibbston Back Road Vineyard, handpicked, fermented to 12.5% alc, 6 g/l RS in stainless steel and barrel May-22"
92/100 - Wine Folio - David Walker Bell - "Golden yellow straw coloured, with green edges; and a lively nose filled with classic Pinot Gris aromatics – pear, guava, rockmelon, lime leaf, mandarin, ginger and lychee. Central Otago summer sunshine in a glass – off-dry, warming, rich and ripe. A good wave of acidity, a little fruit tannin tang, with stony minerals and green herbal notes emerging as the wine opens up. Cardamom and white pepper with a honeycomb sweetness and a shortbread cookie note of baking spices. Lovely broad texture at the back of the palate, showing a gentle waxiness into the drier, zesty finish".
17.5/20 - Joelle Thomson - "Smooth and fruity with aromas of ripe pear, peach and red floral aromas, thanks to ripe grapes which were given minimal winemaking. This is a drink me now Pinot Gris with weight thanks to being medium dry with 17 grams residual sugar, which adds intensity and depth to each sip. Drink now or in the next two to four years. May-22"
94/100 - 5 Star - Sam Kim's Wine Orbit - "It's elegant and delicately expressed on the nose showing nectarine, green pear, lemon pith and subtle flinty notes, leading to a finely textured palate delivering excellent focus and linear mouthfeel. Firmly structured by vibrant acidity, finishing persistent and mouth-watering. At its best: now to 2026 - May 2022"
4 1/2 Stars - Yvonne Lorkin - "If you’re looking for balance, poise and ridiculously lovely richness in your pinot gris, then you’ve hopped on the right bus, my friend. Crafted from the last batch of fruit to arrive at the winery each harvest, this pinot gris has all the classic Rockburn hallmarks of pure nashi niceness, poached quince and strudel spices, alongside a layer of extra depth driven from its time in older French oak barrels. It also boasts a squeak more alcohol than the 2020, which adds weight to its mouthfeel and stamina to the finish. Serve it with a slight chill and all will be well with the world. Lovely stuff."