Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2019
- Pinot Noir
- New Zealand, 750ml
The flagship from Two Paddocks. Bramble, spice and wild herb aromatics sit gently on the nose, then lead to an elegant finely driven mouthfeel, showing poise, freshness and a lingering persistent finish.
- Winery: Two Paddocks
- Varietal: Pinot Noir
- Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2019
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Other: Organic, contains sulphites
- Food match: Chicken, duck, lamb rack, tuna, salmon, mushroom risotto, cheese platter
An organically grown barrel selection from the estate properties. In 2019 this wine was produced from 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 46% whole bunch, indigenous fermentation and hand plunging. Maturation is in French barriques for 10 months, using a mix of older and new (18%) barrels.
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.
- 2018 - 94 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
- 2018 - 93 Points - Nick Stock, James Suckling
- 2018 - 94 Points - Wine Enthusiast, Editors’ Choice
- 2017 - 95 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
- 2017 - 93 Points - Nick Stock, James Suckling
- 2016 - 5 Stars - Michael Cooper's NZ Wine Buyer's Guide
- 2016 - 91 Points - MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider
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