Two Paddocks Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015  £31.95


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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.

Vintage Comment:

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.

Winemakers Notes:

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

The Top 50 New Zealand Wines of 2016 - Theres a complex and more serious statement to this wine in terms of oak treatment with pretty clear mocha and spice influence. Its quite modern, opening up to red cherries, pomegranate and orange rind with a fresh array of sappy and leafy complexity below. The palates slick, where really assertive tannins are nicely tamed and groomed into a linear, composed and powerful style. Plenty of red and dark cherries that head into plum territory as well. This has balance and impressive conviction. Best from 2019–2025+.  Nick Stock, Contributing Editor

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