Two Paddocks Pinot Noirs
Winery : Two Paddocks
Proprietor and actor Sam Neill started modestly with plantings in Gibbston in 1993. In 1999 further vines were planted in Earnsclough and Alexandria, Central Otago's most southern sub-region. The purchase of Fusilier Vineyard in Bannockburn in 2013 added a fourth Central Otago site to the Two Paddocks real estate.
2018 Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir: Spicy and smoky red fruits on the nose. Punchy/vibrant/juicy, pomegranate and red cherry. Exceptionally refreshing.
2018 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir: A blend of all Two Paddocks' estate vineyards in Alexandra, Gibbston and Bannockburn. Spice and orange rind, as well as black currant. The medium-weight framework works well with the red berry fruits and touches of savoury oak on the palate. Textured pinot noir.
2017 Proprietor's Reserve The First Paddock: Gibbston fruit from the original vineyard planted in 1993. Nick Stock (for James Suckling) 96 points.
2017 Proprietor's Reserve The Fusilier Pinot Noir: Situated in Bannockburn, the vineyard is named for Sam Neill's father who ran the family's wine merchant business Neill & Co. Persistent, plush with plenty of silkiness to come.
2017 Proprietor's Reserve The Last Chance: From southerly Earnsclough (near Alexandra) in the southern-most part of Central Otago. In fact this is the most southern vineyard in the Antipodes. Vivacious perfume.
2018 Two Paddocks Pinot Rose: From a single pinot clone off the Last Chance vineyard in the Earnscleugh Valley. Fruity, full flavoured rose but clean and dry. It is delicious right to the last drop in the bottle, the flavours never cloy.