Grasshopper Rock is a small Central Otago wine producer dedicated exclusively to the production of first class single vineyard pinot noir. The Earnscleugh Road vineyard is planted on a north facing slope, making the site significantly warmer for this far south. Within the site there are three distinct areas: blocks 1 & 2 are hill soils on shattered schist with schist outcrops; blocks 3 & 4 are at the foot of the hill, on loamy sands over schist gravel; blocks 5 & 6 are out from the hill on shallow loamy sand and stony sands on greywacke and schist gravels.
The mix of pinot noir clones and rootstocks planted on the different blocks produce the unique character of our wine. The vines are close planted on 8 ha with production limited to 3500 cases, to maintain quality and an exclusive wine.
Planted in 2003 with the first wine produced in 2006, Grasshopper Rock has already gained a lot of attention from wine reviewers and consumers for its outstanding pinot noir. Grasshopper Rock is a fine example of pinot noir from the Alexandra sub region and has an exciting future.