The Rocky Knoll is a small block at Amisfield Vineyard whose soil differs greatly from the areas around it. It consists mainly of glacial deposits left by the retreat of the giant Wanaka glacier some tens of thousands of years ago. Planted with 100% Dijon clones, from the first vintage in 2003 we realised that this parcel was something unique.
Following traditional Burgundian techniques the winemaking has been deliberately hands off to allow the unique terroir to fully express itself. We are immensely proud to produce the Rocky Knoll (RKV) Reserve Pinot Noir as it epitomises our 'Grown Not Made' philosophy.
- NZ - Central Otago
- New Zealand
A late release from the outstanding 2007 vintage. Fermented with a 30% whole bunches and aged for 18months in oak before lengthy bottle maturation. Dense, dark wine with intense dark berry and plum flavours intertwined with spicy oak. Power-packaged with an incredibly long finish. This is a very serious pinot noir that makes a strong point about the ageing potentially for solidly structured wines made deliberately with longevity in mind. Will deliver great pleasure for another decade.
98 Points, Top Central Pinot Noir -Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine
Deep, moderately youthful colour. Concentrated and supple, with cherry, plum, herb and nut flavours, showing excellent complexity and harmony. Maturing very gracefully.
4 Stars - Winestate Magazine, July 2012
Simply superb. Only the third release of the Rocky Knoll vineyard - in effect the Grand Cru vineyard of Amisfield. With a bit of bottle age, this Central Otago wine drinks beautifully now, but will continue to evolve. It is big, balanced and beautiful. John Hawkesby, Canvas Magazine / NZ Herald, July 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
The aroma evokes a trio of cherry liquor, violets and cigar box.
On the palate the wine shows precision with velvety smooth tannins and impeccable balance. Enjoy this wine with roasted duck in a rich gravy or perhaps even a dark chocolate torte served with wild berries. This very special wine is ready for drinking now but will reward you with years of interesting and changing flavour development with cellaring.
This wine will continue to develop from now until 2018.
RKV will match to many bigger flavours. Try it with the best of Central Otago fare, dishes like BBQ'd venison with roasted figs and gorgonzola, now that will impress the dinner guests!