Prophet's Rock was founded in 1999 by Mike and Angela Mulvey in the Central Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It was sold to a consortium of New Zealand investors with vineyard interests in 2013. The name Prophet's Rock refers to a local landmark, named after Bob Prophet, a pioneering gold miner who had the gold claim at the site. Prophet's Rock have three vineyards in the Bendigo subregion.
The Home Vineyard is planted on steep slopes at between 320 and 400 metres above sea level on a rare mix of soils where schist and quartz mingle with clay, and notably a lens of chalk running through the site roughly one metre deep. Here Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Muscat are cultivated.
At the south end of Bendigo, Rocky Point Vineyard has some of the steepest blocks in Central Otago planted with Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris on stony soils littered with broken schist. The Kopuwai Delta Vineyard lies in the valley between the Bendigo and Pisa ranges, planted at 225 metres on a terrace directly overlooking the Clutha River at the delta where it runs into Lake Dunstan. The soils here are schist-based, featuring loess, alluvium, quartz and rounded river stones, and is planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
New Zealander Paul Pujol has been Prophet Rock's winemaker since 2005. He has extensive experience in Alsace, Burgundy and Oregon, and has always been drawn to the Pinot Noirs and aromatic whites of France. His style embodies the old world and the new, committed to showcasing the personalities of the vineyards in terroir-driven wines. These are artisanal, exciting wines with great concentration and flavour, wonderfully structured, elegant and complex.