Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2020
- Pinot Noir
- New Zealand, 750ml
The flagship from Two Paddocks. “Redcurrant with wild herbs and blackberry follow into a lovely gorgeous mineral flow giving exuberance, freshness and poise, showing complexity and evolving tannins which will age well.”
- Winery: Two Paddocks
- Varietal: Pinot Noir
- Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2020
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Other: Certified Organic, drink now and up to 7 years
- Food match: Chicken, duck, lamb rack, tuna, salmon, mushroom risotto, cheese platter
The flagship from Two Paddocks – 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.
- 94 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2018 vintage)
- 93 Points - Nick Stock, James Suckling (2018 vintage)
- 94 Points - Wine Enthusiast, Editors’ Choice (2018 vintage)
- 95 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2017 vintage)
- 93 Points - Nick Stock, James Suckling (2017 vintage)
- 5 Stars - Michael Cooper's NZ Wine Buyer's Guide (2016 vintage)
- 91 Points - MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider (2016 vintage)
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