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Prophet's Rock Vineyard

PO Box 171, Cromwell

Ph: +64 3 445 1515

Prophet's Rock is a new operation located near the historic gold mining town of Bendigo. It is based on several small vineyards.

Winemaker Paul Pujol has worked in France's Languedoc and Alsace, and also Oregon.

The current portfolio includes Pinot Noir and Riesling with future ambitions for an Alsatian-style Gewurztraminer.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Prophet’s Rock Retrospect Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($190)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, flagship wine with only 708 bottles made, linear and tightly wound even with 5 years delayed release, concentrated black cherry and plum with violets florals, asian spices,  thyme, gamy complexity and a touch of truffle earthiness, firm dusty tannins (*****)

Prophet’s Rock Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($56)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, unfiltered, brightly perfumed and concentrated red cherry and plum with violate florals,mushroom eartthiness and a dusting of brown spices, medium bodied with schist minerality,  firm acid spine and persistent dusty tannins (****)

Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($A60)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, generously flavoured plum and black cherry with some flat sarsparilla and anise notes, silky, plump and savoury-edged with toasty spicy and cedar French oak and a streak of graphite but the main emphasis is on clean fruit expression (***1/2)

Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($A55)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, sourced from Pisa and Bendigo sub-regions, 100% destemmed, silky, medium bodied, black cherry and boysenberry with some flat sarsparilla and anise notes, pepper and brown spice notes, very fine chalky tannins with a French oak bringing sawdusty cedar and graphite notes (****)

Rocky Point Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2010

(G) Tasting: Mar 2008, rich and dense dark cherry and plum, slightly liqueured feel, complex pepper, cinnamon and dried herb with very fine savoury tannins running through the palate, minerally with a velvety finish with a dark mocha-chocolate aspect, good example of regional style (Group Average ****)