2017 Prophet’s Rock Cuvee Aux Antipodes Pinot Noir

Bendigo, Central Otago

Extremely limited collaboration wine between Paul Pujol and Burgundian winemaker, Francois Millet of Comte de Vogue. 98 points Huon Hooke.


I would place it alongside any Burgundy Grand Cru. Very, very impressive.

Huon Hooke

About The Wine

Prophet's Rock owner Paul Pujol has a long standing relationship with iconic Chambolle Musigny vigneron, Francois Millet of Domaine Georges Comte de Vogue. 

After Francois' son spent a few vintages at Paul's winery, Francios made the flight to NZ in 2013. There they decided on a collaboration project based out of Paul's vineyard in Bendigo. Francois now flies to the South Island twice a year to make this wine alongside Paul. His one stipulation was that he used the same tools of the trade he uses in Burgundy. An obliging Paul sourced the traditional brass hand pumps and tasting cups that Millet is accustomed to and the inaugural vintage was produced in 2015. 

Francois hand plunges the ferment only once, the wine sees 33% new oak and sleeps for 17 months in barrel before bottling. The project wine is now one of the most sought-after in New Zealand. A fusion of Old World technique and New World terroir - the resulting wine is spectacular.

About Prophet's Rock

The Prophet's Rock project was founded in 1999.

The man behind the wines, Paul Pujol, has an enviable resume, having made wine all around the world.

After working his way through the French regions of Languedoc and Sancerre, he was perhaps the first foreign winemaker ever to be invited to head up an Alsatian winery, Kuentz-Bas where he made their six Grand Cru wines for three years. He also spent a formative vintage at Chambolle-Musigny in Burgundy which set the tone for his winemaking style under his own label.

The wines of Prophet's Rock come from two vineyards, the Home Block and the Rocky Point vineyard. Paul's mission is to let these vineyards speak for themselves.

The Prophet
The Prophet's Rock Home Vineyard
Bendigo, Central Otago
Additional Info

From The Producer

This Pinot Noir was made by Francois Millet, winemaker at the iconic Chambolle Musigny estate of Domaine Georges Comte de Vogue in partnership with Paul Pujol from Prophets Rock.

Francois even insisted on exporting the same brass hand pumps from Bugundy to ensure that the wine was made using the same tools as he would in Burgundy. 100% destemmed from one parcel of the home block. Vinified in tank with one plunge by hand.

Aged in 33% new oak for 17 months.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 14.0%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Francois Millet plunging the ferment
Francois Millet plunging the ferment
Bendigo, Central Otago
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Huon Hooke

"Deep red colour with a strong purple tint. The bouquet is fresh and vibrant and loaded with dark fruit aromas, cherry uppermost, spices and dried herbs touches. Oak is apparent early but recedes into balance with exposure to the air. The palate opens with powerful flavour and marked acidity. A concentrated, powerful and beautifully poised wine with energy and vitality, intensity and complexity, great pinosity and drive, with ample tannins backing the flavour but not tough or aggressive as Bendigo tannins can be. The aftertaste is very persistent and harmonious. This is a great wine. I would place it alongside any Burgundy Grand Cru. Very, very impressive" - Huon Hooke

Gourmet Traveller WINE

"A small production wine made by Burgundian winemaker, François Millet, in his off season. Intense, vibrant pinot noir with attractive floral and dark cherry flavours supported by a perfect balance of acidity. This wine has the X-factor." - Gourmet Traveller WINE

James Suckling

"This is a collaboration wine between Burgundian Francois Millet and Prophet’s Rock’s Paul Pujol. It has a very attractive and ripe array of blackberries and blueberries with a fragrant, violet-like edge, too. The palate has a very central core of long, polished and succulent tannin and delivers a scintillatingly long, powerful and detailed impression of flavorful pinot noir. Spectacular. Drink or hold." - James Suckling (


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