It has been said that the essence of a place can be found in a glass of wine. This is true of the Prophet’s Rock range. But the Prophet’s Rock wines also display the learnings from winemaker Paul Pujol’s travels abroad. Originally from New Zealand, Paul Pujol has always been drawn to Pinot Noir and the aromatic whites of France. He joined Prophet’s Rock after a six-year around-the-world odyssey chasing these varietals, travels palpable in the wines he makes today. His traditional aesthetic — respectful, patient, vineyard-focused — resonates in the wines and frees them to express the unique tenor of their vineyard sites. His winemaking is site-driven and aims to express a unique sense of place, rather than pronounced winemaking characters. “Exceptional Wines from Exceptional Vineyards”, Prophet Rock’s vineyards are the foundation of their wines. The journey starts in the vineyard, where they grow low-yielding fruit with great concentration and flavour, treated with deference.
The Pinot Gris and Riesling are slowly and gently whole bunch pressed, followed by long slow ferments in barrel and aged on yeast lees prior to bottling just before the next harvest. The Pinot Noir requires minimal extraction due to the natural concentration of the fruit and is fermented using only indigenous yeast from the vineyard. In barrel, the wines go through spontaneous malolactic fermentation and receive extended élevage. The Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir is bottled unfiltered and cellared before release.