Rockburn

Taking its name from the rugged rock-strewn, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago, Rockburn produces premium wines of intense varietal characteristics. Nestled on the 45th parallel, it shares a climate that is similar to Burgundy, the great Pinot Noir producing region of the world. Grapes are hand-picked from their Parkburn Vineyard and Gibbston Valley Back Road Vineyard, each site contributing fruit characteristics that reflect their unique terroir. Their wines are then carefully crafted to fully express the complex subtleties available only in New Zealand’s one true continental climate.

Winemaker

Malcolm Francis - Winemaker

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.

Tasting Room

Rockburn's cellar door opened to the public in September 2006 for tastings of its broad range of award-winning wines - Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer. Set within a fully-operational winery, it allows visitors to see the sights and smell the aromas of premium wines in production. The winery-cellar door complex is centrally located in Cromwell's Industrial Estate, easily accessible from State Highways 6 and 8. Summer hours: 7 days, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Winter hours: Mon - Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Our Vineyard

Our vineyards are bounded on the west by mountains on whose seaward slopes are rain forests, which receive 5000mm of rain a year. To the east is a barren, moon-Iike landscape that receives less than 25mm of rain a year. Situated between these extremes are our vineyards that produce not only Pinot Noir of stunning quality (gold medals at New Zealand Wine Society Royal Easter Wine Show, Bragato Awards, Air New Zealand, and Winestate Wine of the Year) , but also medal winning Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.

All our wines exhibit strong varietal characteristics, highlighted in the white varieties by crisp acids, which are typical of the region. It has also become apparent that 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 colour 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'.

Wine Awards

  • Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007 (Liquorland Top 100 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Rockburn Pinot Noir 2002 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Rockburn Parkburn Riesling 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Rockburn Pinot Noir 2009 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Rockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2013, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2014, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • ROCKBURN PINOT NOIR 2006 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2008, Award Winning Wines)
  • ROCKBURN PINOT GRIS 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • ROCKBURN PINOT NOIR 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • ROCKBURN - CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR - 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2013, Award Winning Wines)
  • Rockburn Pinot Noir 2003 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Rockburn Pinot Noir 2007 CHAMPION PINOT NOIR AND CHAMPION OPEN RED WINE (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 (Pure Gold) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011 Pure Gold TROPHY (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Rockburn Tigermoth Riesling 2012, Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Rockburn Pinot Noir 2007 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 (International Wine and Spirit 2011, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Rockburn Central Otago Chardonnay 2009 (International Wine and Spirit 2013, Gold Medal winners)
  • Rockburn Pinot Noir 2008 (Bragato Wine Awards 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 - (Bragato Wine Awards 2012, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Rockburn Pinot Noir 2012 - Dick Bunton, Paul Halford and Chris James (Bragato Wine Awards 2013, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)

Cnr Gair Ave & McNulty Rd
Cromwell
Central Otago

P: +64 3 445 0555
F: +64 3 445 0555