2011 Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Rockburn Estate Vineyards
New Zealand: Central Otago
This is a very lovely New Zealand Pinot Noir. For under $19, this wine is a stellar value.
The winemaker’s approach to this wine - and all of his winemaking - is relatively hands off. Winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis lets Mother Nature do her thing. This results in a wine that delivers a true sense of the terroir that is unique to the Central Otago.
If you love Pinot Noir, you’ll really enjoy this bright, juicy, food-friendly wine.
Dark garnet at its heart, with a slightly hazy, rustic ruby fringe at the edge of the glass.
Well balanced and aromatic, with black cherry, well ripened blackberry, and subtle notes of fresh forest floor, clove, espresso bean, and black pepper spice.
Delicious and incredibly easy drinking. The palate is highlighted by lush fruity notes of black cherry, boysenberry, and slight blueberry balanced by sweet tobacco leaf, cedarwood, hints of freshly picked mushrooms, black pepper, clove, and a touch of sage.
A lovely Pinot, with velvety tannins, bright acidity, and a well structured finish. The dark cherry notes linger, eventually fading and leaving a touch of black pepper spice on the edge of the palate.
A classic meal of whole roasted chicken, seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil, and served with roasted root vegetables.
What the Winery Says
Our Devil’s Staircase wines are inspired by the winding road leading from Queenstown to Kingston along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Sourced from several Central Otago vineyards, the Devil’s Staircase Pinot Noir takes the willing down into the realm of decadence and Bacchanalian delights. Here, everything is pleasure spiced up with a bit of naughty. The unrelenting Central Otago environment tortures the vines whose twisted limbs produce a wine worthy of absolution; strong and sensual with lashings of dark fruit, sinfully succulent and devilishly good. The flavours are practically immoral, full of black Doris plums, blueberries and bramble fruit, and will leave you with an insatiable desire for more.
- Malcolm Rees-Francis
- Four Stars - Wine State Magazine
- Central Otago, New Zealand
- 10 months in French oak
About the Winery
Rockburn takes its name from the rugged, rock-strewn, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago. Our vineyards produce not only Pinot Noir of stunning quality but also medal winning Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
All our wines exhibit strong varietal characteristics which are typical of the region. Like Burgundy, there are distinct ‘appellations’ within Central Otago. One has only to taste a Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir to experience its perfumed nose, typically violets, and earthy, forest floor sensations on the palate. Compare this with a Lowburn/Bannockburn Pinot Noir with its darker color and fuller, sweeter fruit. For this reason, to fully exploit the potential of the region, it is a distinct advantage to have vineyards in different ‘appellations’.
Winemaker Malcolm Francis
Four years studying Microbiology at the University of Otago drove Malcolm into a life of wine, beginning in Marlborough in 2000, sojourning at Lincoln University for a year and culminating in Central Otago.
Malcolm comes into the Rockburn fold from his four-year tenure as Felton Road Wines’ Assistant Winemaker. His time there was devoted to learning about and making fine Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay and included three vintages working in Oregon, USA. His passion for wine is now one of the driving forces behind the future direction of Rockburn’s wine portfolio.