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Two Paddocks Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015 £31.95
TWO PADDOCKS PINOT NOIR CENTRAL OTAGO
Born of modest beginnings this wine is owned by the actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Hunt For Red October) and is a sterling example of a great Central Otago Pinot Noir.
About Two Paddocks Pinot Noir:
The flagship from Two Paddocks – an organically grown barrel selection from the estate properties. In 2014 this wine was produced from three of the four Neill family central Otago vineyards. These small sites are high-density planted in a range of clonal material cropped to under 5 Tonne per hectare with most vineyard practices carried out by hand. As in the vineyard, the wine is hand crafted using traditional methods including a 25% whole bunch indigenous fermentation and hand plunging. Maturation is in French barriques for 11 months, using a mix of older and new (25%) barrels.
A cool spring produced slow growth until November, which along with parts of December, was above average warmth. Flowering started in the first week of December and lasted over three weeks. All vines were green thinned and shoulders removed in the same pass. Very little disease pressure and we started harvesting on the 31st March at The Fusilier (Felton Rd – Bannockburn) with the other estate vineyard sites all being picked in the first half of April.
Hand harvested, 75% de-stemmed and given 5-7 pre-fermentation cold maceration. After an indigenous ferment the wine is given another 5-7 days post ferment time on skins. Wine is then transferred to 1-4 (25% new oak) year old French medium toast barriques for a 11 month maturation, before racking and bottling.
Estate Vineyard composition: 49% The Fusilier - Bannockburn, 33% The Red Bank – Earnscleugh (Alexandra), 18% The First Paddock – Gibbston.
Ripe red fruit, violet, spice and some blackcurrant brooding aromatics. This wine shows a beautiful soft and rich palate with a lovely elegant drive and persistence.
95/100 JamesSuckling.com - Top 50 New Zealand
There are 3 reviews with an average rating of 5.00
glen from United KingdomOwner15 March 2018 11:10
A delicious full bodied wine, (bottle aging to come) and although expensive worth the time delay when I drink it in 2019/20 I won’t wait any longer. Delivery came on time (hour time slot) and had been carefully packaged for transit. The price was also £5 a bottle less than another vintner!
Anonymous from United KingdomOwner03 March 2019 12:22
A great wine, delivered very speedily. The packaging was unfamiliar to me and was so tight that while I was removing the first bottle from its individual polythene tube I twisted it and inadvertently opened the screw top... thus requiring me to have to drink it sooner than I had planned! At least it was very good - a vey light coloured, light tasting but individual with good character wine.
I find the desperate, repeated demand to review extremely irritating... I understand why - but I still hate it. If it hadn’t been for the dangerous (making you drink it immediately) packaging I would not have written this...
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