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Two Paddocks Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017 £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 handcrafted 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.
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 an 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 beautifully soft and rich palate with a lovely elegant drive and persistence.
2016 Vintage - 95/100 JamesSuckling.com - Top 50 New Zealand
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