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Straddling the 45th Parallel Central Otago endures a climate that could not be more different to Burgundy, the spiritual and historical home of Pinot Noir. Vineyards are bounded on the west by mountains on whose seaward slopes are rain forests, which receive over 5000mm of rain a year. To the east is a barren, dusty landscape that receives less than 500mm of rain a year. Situated between these extremes are Rockburn's vineyards, producing not only Pinot Noir of stunning quality, but also award winning Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling.
Rockburn Wines has invested in two distinct sub regions within Central Otago with a total land area of 45 hectares, 90% of which is now fully developed. When all the sites are in full production they will have 25,000 cases of wine for sale annually.
The wines are made at their winery in Cromwell by ex-Assistant Winemaker for Felton Road, Malcolm Rees-Francis. He carefully guides to the bottle the top quality fruit that Rockburn viticulturist, Brett Duffy, delivers to the winery every Easter.
All Rockburn wines exhibit strong varietal characteristics, and a consistent sense of elegance and delicacy balanced against structure and texture.
Pinot Noir is Rockburn's major variety by volume and represents 59% of their current plantings. Other varieties include Chardonnay (14%) Riesling (11%) and Pinot Gris (8%), Sauvignon Blanc (6%) and Gewurztraminer (2%). A Rose made from Pinot Noir juice is also produced in most vintages.
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