Rockburn offers not one, but four flagship pinot noir labels each selected for different attributes. The Chosen Pinot Noir was selected from the Hillside block on Rockburn’s Parkburn vineyard. Its easterly aspect gets the full morning sun while avoiding the late afternoon heat. They have avoided using new oak barrels which might blur the focus on fruit purity, place and season.Rockburn’s barrel selection pinot noirs are simply the cream of the crop.
Rockburn’s Parkburn vineyard is in the Pisa subregion nestled in the Cromwell Basin. Much of it is planted with pinot noir clone 777. Grapes for this particular block were chosen for their purity and presence. No new oak was used in order to put the spotlight firmly on fruit expression.
Rockburn’s barrel selection pinot noirs are simply the cream of the crop. Each year winemaker, Malcolm Rees-Francis, selects a few of the best barrels for this wine. In 2021 it was nine barrels, in 2019 it was eight barrels from their Parkburn vineyard and eight from their Gibbston vineyard. In 2017 only six barrels made the cut.
Rockburn The Art Pinot Noir is “the result of our winemaker let loose to practice his artistry on fruit from other sites within Central Otago.” High quality, physiologically ripe fruit encouraged Malcolm to promote spice and texture by fermenting a percentage of whole bunches.