Date: Monday 8th February
Time: 8pm UK / 3pm EST / 12pm PST
Join New Zealand wine expert Dr Jamie Goode as he interviews Paul Pujol.
All sessions will be hosted on Dr Jamie Goode's Instagram account - @drjamiegoode
Paul Pujol of Prophets Rock – Central Otago
Paul joined Prophet's Rock in 2005, having returned to New Zealand after a six-year around the world odyssey, which he describes as “chasing Pinot Noir and aromatic whites across the globe.” After graduating with Distinction from Lincoln University's Postgraduate Viticulture and Oenology programme in 1999, Paul got his start at Marlborough's Seresin Estate. There he worked in the vineyard and winery, a formative experience during which he followed the grapes through the season and into the winery whilst working under an organic framework.
Paul then left New Zealand to gain experience in France, where he worked three vintages in the year 2000, in the Languedoc, for Henri Bourgeois in Chavignol (Sancerre) and finally for the prestigious Maison Kuentz-Bas in Alsace. Maison Kuentz-Bas offered him the head winemaking position, which he accepted, becoming the first non-family winemaker at Kuentz-Bas since the house was founded in 1795, and perhaps the first ever permanent foreign winemaker in Alsace. Paul stayed at Kuentz-Bas for three years, producing wine from their six Grand Cru vineyards and other holdings. Whilst in France, he also completed the first year of his Master of Wine qualification.
Following this, Paul spent several years in Oregon at boutique organic producer Lemelson Vineyards. Production at Lemelson is focused on Pinot Noir, with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling making up the range. He also returned to Oregon in 2006 to assist Cheryl Francis and Sam Tannahill at Rex Hill, producing a guest cuvée of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Perhaps the highlight of his round-the-world winemaking experiences was being invited to work the 2009 vintage in Burgundy at Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé.
Paul brings a wealth of old-world experience and sensitivity to his role at Prophet's Rock; his approach is vineyard-focused, combined with minimal intervention in the winery. Use of indigenous 'wild' yeast is the norm, along with long élevage and, in the case of the Pinot Noir, no filtration.
Paul lives in Wanaka with his two children, who were born in France and Oregon. He is an avid skier, snowboarder and whitewater kayaker, having completed several first kayak descents of New Zealand rivers.
Jamie Goode is a London-based wine writer who is currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper, The Sunday Express. As well as writing he also lectures and judges wine.