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2019 Prophet's Rock Cuvee Aux Antipodes Pinot Noir

New ZealandRedHighly RecommendInternationalNew ArrivalsPrivate Cellar

$ 225.00 AUD


The Antipodes Cuvee’s are made by Francois Millet, former winemaker at the iconic Chambolle Musigny estate of Domaine Georges Comte de Vogue and now his own Domaine Francois Millet et Fils in partnership with Paul Pujol from Prophets Rock. This friendship began when Paul worked for Francois at Comte de Vogue during vintage as an assistant winemaker to Francois. Paul invited Francois’s son to visit New Zealand to offer the same insight and during his son’s visit Francois decided to come out and visit Paul as well to see the winery. He loved the site Prophet’s Rock has in Bendigo Central Otago and the two of them began discussing working together on a joint project, which came alive with the first bottling in 2015.

Region - New Zealand

Type - Red

Year - 2019

Winery - Best of New Zealand

Grape - Pinot Noir

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

I would quote Jean-Claude Debussy: “Music is silence between the Notes”, Meaning empathy and respect to emphasise the beauty of the terroir and bring relief to the wines.(the peaks are the notes and silences the valleys). “We have this angel, the pinot noir, and the wine is the voice of the angel. When you use too much extraction, too much oak, too many additions and manipulations, you obscure the voice of the angel.”- François Millet

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Earthy and Savoury, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Minimal Intervention, Smooth and Seductive, Something Special, Vibrant and Exciting

Fruit aromas & flavour

Cherries, Citrus, Dark Berries, Plum, Red Berries

Other aromas & flavour

Earth, Florals, Herbals, Minerality, Spices, Tannins

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Expert review

A brilliant medium ruby with a pristine and captivating nose of rose, violets, fresh fig, deep cherry, red/purple fruit, orange zest, dried sweet herbals and intoxicating French oak spice that compliments with beauty and confidence. In the mouth it’s intensely flavoured, incredibly pure and elegant…iron fist in a velvet glove kind of thing! Perfectly ripe fruit burst onto the palate with a vibrancy and energy one can only describe as ‘life’. The fruit drives with momentum, backed by bright natural acidity and freshness. Some serious minerality gives a deepness of complexity, while fine fleshy tannins grip the palate and impart a good crunch of tension. This is special! Though young and boisterous now, the balance, understated power and finesse that this Pinot possesses will see it age with grace over the decades ahead. A beautiful release!

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The Grape

Pinot Noir

Pinot noir (French: [pino nwaʁ]) is a red-wine grape variety whose name roughly translates to describe the tight clusters of a pine cone. Its home is France's Burgundy region, particularly Côte-d'Or. It is also planted in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, northern parts of Croatia, Czech Republic, England, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Hungary, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, New Zealand, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States, and Uruguay.

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