Prophet's Rock Cuvée Aux Antipodes Pinot Noir 2018 (Central Otago, New Zealand)


"I would place it alongside any Burgundy Grand Cru. Very, very impressive" – Huon Hooke

Where old world meets new in this epic and extremely limited collaboration wine between Paul Pujol and Burgundian winemaker, Francois Millet of Comte de Vogue.

The Cuvée Aux Antipodes is the meeting of two winemakers from the two hemispheres, Paul Pujol and François Millet. The Old and the New World seemingly so distant, join here in a human and winemaking adventure with a common passion for Pinot Noir and the beauty of its terroirs. The grapes were sourced from our Home Vineyard which is located on a high-elevation, steep glacial terrace in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has clay and pedogenic lime soil, featuring schist and quartz. 

Francois Millet, winemaker at the iconic Chambolle Musigny estate of Domaine Georges Comte de Vogue insisted on exporting the same brass hand pumps from Burgundy to ensure that the wine was made using the same tools as he would in Burgundy.

100% destemmed from one parcel (same every year) of the home vineyard at Prophet’s Rock. This site has the most shallow soils, just 50cm before the vines meet the Clay and Pedogenic limestone mother rock. Vinified in tank with one plunge by hand. Aged in 33% new oak for 17 months. Racked cask to cask, unfiltered. Remond Troncais cooper (Allier), same Francois uses in Burgundy.

"The vineyard sits on a high elevation (320 – 390m), steep glacial terrace high above the valley floor. The site features some of the oldest vineyard soils in the valley with the formation of the terrace occurring approximately 650K years ago. The soil age and dry Central Otago climate have combined to create the unusual clay and pedogenic lime soil structure. Beneath layers of clay at a depth of 50-80cm sits a thick layer of chalk. The 7.5ha site was prepared and planted between 1999-2001 and the parcel of Pinot Noir for this wine is a single clone at the western end of the steep front face. Full organic certification (Biogro) was completed prior to the 2018 vintage" Paul Pujol – Owner

"I would quote Jean-Claude Debussy: “Music is silence between the Notes”, Meaning empathy and respect to emphasise the beauty of the terroir and bring relief to the wines.(the peaks are the notes and silences the valleys). “We have this angel, the pinot noir, and the wine is the voice of the angel. When you use too much extraction, too much oak, too many additions and manipulations, you obscure the voice of the angel."François Millet

"Complex, detailed and captivating bouquet of Pinot Noir – aromas and flavours of red fruits and wood spices – a seamless connection to earth & mineral layers. The texture is tense and very youthful – all locked up and not quite ready to reveal – but the quiver of spice and tannins with acidity and a core of fruit shows what’s to come. The wine is also very pretty with a rose and perfume scent, some wild dried herb and spice. Decant for service if you can’t wait. Best drinking from 2021 through 2027+" - 98 Points, Cameron Douglas MW

"A collaboration wine between Burgundian Francois Millet and Prophet’s Rock’s Paul Pujol. This makes a very harmonious impression on the nose with red cherries, spice, hazelnuts, red florals, fresh tobacco and light earthy nuances. The palate has a very neatly coiled and layered feel with tannins that unfurl and lift the finish. Red-cherry and pastry flavors are delivered in vibrant mode. Some blueberries, too. Drink or hold" - 96 Points, Nick Stock (

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