Two Paddocks Picnic 2020
- Pinot Noir
- New Zealand, 750ml
Redcurrant spicy pepper and dried herb aromatics with a fresh vibrant palate showing a rich ripe fruit profile and a soft elegant finish.
- Winery: Two Paddocks
- Varietal: Pinot Noir
- Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2020
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Other: Organic
- Food match: Chicken, duck, lamb rack, tuna, salmon, mushroom risotto, cheese platter
Featuring the Proprietor’s Grandfather, Sidney Neill – Wine Merchant, on the label, Picnic is their perennial favourite – the wine to enjoy everyday and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Pinot Noir. This fruit was sourced from Two Paddock’s own vineyards in Alexandra and Gibbston and Bannockburn. Picnic Pinot Noir is made in a diminutive style aimed to reflect the characters that Central Otago Pinot does so very well – black and red cherry fruit, spice and a generosity that keeps you reaching for the next sip.
Two Paddocks started in 1993 with modest ambitions and first planted five acres of pinot noir at Two Paddocks original little vineyard at Gibbston, Central Otago in the deep south of New Zealand. At the same time, Sam Neil's friend Roger Donaldson planted the land next door, hence the name Two Paddocks. Sam wanted to produce a good pinot noir that would, at the very least, be enjoyed by his family and friends. To his great surprise, Two Paddocks first vintage in 1997 was much better than they hoped, in spite of a difficult growing season. 1998 was a more distinguished vintage, and in 1999 they were astounded to produce a pinot that was, they thought, world class. They produced a wine of considerable complexity with an amazing nose, delicious fruit and a good lengthy finish (from clones 10/5 and 5). So rewarding has this vineyard been over the years (and so unpromising as a sheep paddock) that they planted another 5 acres of Burgundian clones there in 2008 bringing the total acreage at The First Paddock, Gibbston, to 5 hectares.
Since that original release in 1997, with each successive year they have produced a pinot noir (sometimes 4 or 5 pinot noirs). Admirably, Two Paddocks have become outrageously ambitious - they want to produce year after year, the world's best pinot noir.
- 91 Points - JamesSuckling.com Nick Stock Contributing Editor (2018 vintage)
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