Rockburn’s beginnings date back to the early 90s when Richard Bunton put up a 3-hectare “hobby block” at Lake Hayes. This was followed by the acquisition of a 9-hectare developing vineyard. In 1998, the Hayes Lake label was launched. The following year, Hayes Lake acquired a 33-hectare block at Parkburn. With their expanding wine business, Hayes Lake was rebranded to Rockburn Central Otago, in order to truly reflect the terroir of the vineyards. Their winery-cellar door complex opened for business in 2006.
Rockburn Devil's Staircase Pinot Gris is bright yellow in colour. Its nose is a spicy mix of pears, red apples, ripening stone fruits, honeysuckle, and orange blossoms coupled with a hint of light spice and lees layer. Underpinned aromas of almond, honey, saline, clove, fennel and ginger are refined and exotic. The front palate is fruity and spicy with a balance of fresh acidity and sweetness. Lychee flavours run through the back palate, ending in a dry finish. While the wine is medium-dry in style, the fruit concentration is ideal. Suggested food matchups for this Pinot Gris include green-lipped mussels, seared scallops with a fennel salad, pulled pork with chutney, ceviche, semi-soft cow’s milk cheeses, and sushi.