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Following a visit to New Zealand in January this year, Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate has awarded a 91/100 rating for the Rockburn 2007 Pinot Noir.

On the Robert Parker scale, a score of 91 indicates “an outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.”

After visiting with winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis and tasting the Rockburn range – including a barrel sample of the 2007 Pinot Noir – Neal Martin commented:

“A barrel sample of the 2007 Pinot Noir shows great promise. Luscious fruit on the nose with doris plum and briery, a sense of minerality that I did not pick up on either the 2006. The palate is medium bodied, very supple and clean with a harmonious finish.”

Says Rees-Francis, “Obviously we are delighted with such a coveted rating, particularly for what was only a barrel sample and also given the remarkably high standard of Pinot Noir coming out of New Zealand.

“Now that this wine is bottled and available on the domestic – and some international – markets, we are hopeful that such positive responses will continue.”

First published in 1978, The Wine Advocate now has a profound effect on both prices and market demand for fine wines around the world. Robert Parker is described as “the most influential wine critic in the world.”

Neal Martin joined The Wine Advocate as a contributor in 2006. His eagerly awaited article and enthusiastic review on NZ wines is now available to subscribers on

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