In 2017 this wine was produced from the four Neil 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.
Colour: Light ruby with brick tints
Aroma: Scotch thistle, redcurrant spice and aromatic highland herbal and spice aromas on the nose, gives way to an intriguing textural, flowing palate.
Palate: This wine shows great strength intertwined with elegance, depth and poise. Medium to Full bodied with long persistency, starting with flower and fruit aromas and finishing with a pleasant balsamic note.
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 1-4 year old (20% new oak) French medium toast barriques for a 10-month maturation, before racking and bottling.
Awards: 93pts – James Suckling
History of Two Paddocks
Wholly-own by accomplished actor – Sam Neil, Two Paddocks is a small family wine producing business that is entirely dedicated to making great wine. Started in 1993 with modest ambitions and first planted five acres of Pinot Noir at an original little vineyard at Gibbston, Central Otago in the deep south of New Zealand. Dante’s Peak director – Roger Donaldson, a New Zealander planted the land next door, hence the name Two Paddocks. Sam Neil and his team at Two Paddocks are firm believers in the “terroir” of Central Otago and are bent on producing world-class Pinot Noirs and sustainable, ecologically sound wine.