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2020 Prophet's Rock Cuvee aux Antipodes Blanc

New ZealandWhiteHighly RecommendInternationalNew ArrivalsPrivate Cellar

$ 169.00 AUD

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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 - White

Year - 2020

Winery - Best of New Zealand

Grape - Chardonnay

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

François Millet notes – “This wine is the reflect of the Clutha river flowing just below, mineral, transparent and luminous. There is nothing exotic, “artificial” or “made up” about the expression of this wine. That shows again the link between what is emanating from the land, the feeling you have from it and the expression of the wines. Often is the Chardonnay the spirit of the land, the Pinot Noir coming from the same place being the bod

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Something Special

Fruit aromas & flavour

Apples and Pear, Citrus, Stonefruit

Other aromas & flavour

Florals, Minerality, Oak, Spices, Toastiness, Vanilla

Body type

medium

Acidity

medium

Food pairings

Pork

Cheese

Pizza

Fish

Red Meat

Pasta

BBQ

Vegetables

Poultry

Shellfish

Oysters

Spicy Foods

Cured Meats

Desserts

Expert review

An elegant, rather stunning nose that deserves undivided attention and patience. Complex, leesy and gently oaked with aromas of white blossoms, juicy yellow citrus and orchard fruits, roasted oyster shell, ocean umami, spice, crème fraîche, vanilla, hazelnuts, chestnut and sweet n smokey bacon fat…this smells incredible! In the mouth it’s silky, clean and generous, yet incredibly fine with pristine flavours of stonefruit, pear, yellow apple and juicy citrus that dance between sweetness and sharpness. Gentle oak imparts vanilla, nuts and spice, rounding and broadening the palate, while a deeply mineral spine and acidity drives and ignites the fruit. Fine tannins give a good chew of tension and texture which is exciting. The overall balance and energy of this Chardonnay is awe inspiring and there’s no denying, it’s the real deal! Take your time and enjoy the unfurling of pleasures from this complex beauty.

Wine Worth Writing About

The Grape

Chardonnay

One of the most planted, versatile and popular white varieties in the world. As a stand alone grape, Chardonnay is not the most interesting, nor complex varietal out there...but in the hands of a great winemaker it can be turned into one of the world's greatest pleasures! From the best bubbles of Champagne, to the lean, unoaked and mineral expressions of Chablis and the opulent, oaked and complex whites of Burgundy, Chardonnay is responsible for making some of the greatest expressions of white wine on the planet.

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