Rockburn Wines On Global Stage At Decanter Wine Awards

Rockburn Wines is proud to announce that Rockburn’s The Chosen Hillside Pinot Noir 2021 has received a Platinum Award with 97 points at the Decanter Wine Awards 2023, the highest point rating which only five wines from New Zealand had the privilege of receiving.

Rockburn Wine Pinot Noir Decanter

Rockburn also secured awards for all five entries, receiving 90+ points for all. The prestigious awards solidify Rockburn’s world-class offering as one of the best in its space, and further validates the calibre of wine created by the Rockburn team from the Central Otago

The world’s largest and most influential wine awards, judged by a prominent group of 236 wine experts, including 53 Masters of Wine and 16 Master Sommeliers, came together from 30 nations to judge the best wines from across the globe.

The 20th edition of the Decanter Awards saw 18,250 wines from 57 countries, making for a record-breaking amount of entries this year.

Rockburn Winemaker, Malcolm Rees-Francis says, “To be recognised at the Decanter Wine Awards for multiple Pinot Noirs is a huge honour for myself and the team at Rockburn. We are extremely proud of the wines that we produce and having the opportunity to showcase what Central Otago can offer on a global scale is a proud moment.”

Rockburn General Manager Tim Severne adds; “The Decanter Wine Awards are something we strive for each year and to be recognised across the board for five of our Pinot Noirs is a wonderful result. The awards are a huge credit to our winemaking and viticultural teams. We look forward to seeing what our next vintage will bring.”

Rockburn is thrilled to be recognised for the following wines:

  • Rockburn The Chosen Hillside Pinot Noir 2021 (97 points)
  • Nine Barrels Parkburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021 (94 points)
  • Rockburn Pinot Noir 2021 (94 points)
  • The Chosen 777 Pinot Noir 2021 (93 points)
  • Rockburn’s The Art Pinot Noir (90 points).

All eyes on The Chosen Hillside Pinot Noir 2021, a particularly special wine for the team at Rockburn. The Hillside block is unique in the Parkburn Vineyard, having a steep Easterly aspect, catching the full morning sun but avoiding the late afternoon heat. Several clones are planted here, but have been plated harmoniously to create a wine of great purity and presence.

Rockburn Wines are available online at and select fine wine retailers throughout New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada & the United Kingdom.

About Rockburn Wines:

Rockburn takes its name from the rugged, rock-strewn, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago. The boutique producer has two vineyards, one on the Gibbston Back Road in the Gibbston Valley, and the other at Parkburn in the Cromwell Basin with its state-of-the-art
winemaking facility based in Ripponvale, just out of Cromwell. Rockburn Stables, Cellar Door and tasting room, is situated at the Gibbston Tavern. It is close to Rockburn’s Gibbston vineyards and Queenstown – New Zealand’s premiere tourism destination. Rockburn not only produces Pinot Noir of stunning quality, but also award-winning Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé and Fumé Blanc.

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