Judge Rock
Central Otago, New Zealand

Website: www.judgerock.co.nz

Paul and Angela Jacobson (above) are the people behind Judge Rock, which is based in Alexandra. The vines were planted in 1998, and there are 4 hectares in all, of which half a hectare is St Laurent, the rest Pinot Noir. There's a mix of clones, and 80% of the vines are on their own roots. The wines are made at VinPro. First vintage was 2002. 'Our wines have always had an elegance to them,' says Paul. 'And a bit of spice that comes through,' adds Angela. Both of the St Laurents tasted here were chaptalized.


Judge Rock Pinot Noir 2010 Central Otago, New Zealand
Very pure and full, with aromatic cherry and red berry fruit nose. Supple and bright raspberry and cherry palate with freshness and elegance. Good acidity. 94/100 (02/14)

Judge Rock Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago, New Zealand
Lovely fresh, bright, focused cherry fruit. Black cherries dominate. Lovely freshness and precision; very bright. 94/100 (02/14)

Judge Rock St Laurent 2009 Central Otago, New Zealand
First vintage. Very fresh, lively and a bit grippy. Some peppery notes. This is still quite primary and is really distinctive. 92/100 (02/14)

Judge Rock St Laurent 2011 Central Otago, New Zealand
Smooth textured with nice bright, vivid cherry and berry fruits, as well as some peppery characters. 92/100 (02/14)

Judge Rock Sparkling Wine 2011 Central Otago
This is a hobby wine, a traditional method Pinot Noir. Edgy, tangy, fresh and mineral with apple, citrus and spice. Direct with some pithy interest and great acidity. Good effort. 90/100 (02/14)

See also:

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