Two Paddocks Rosé 2018
- New Zealand, 750ml
Bright redcurrant, raspberry and strawberry aromatics leads to an elegant silky mouthfeel showing great poise and drive. The wine finishes dry with along lingering finish. Organically grown grapes.
- Winery: Two Paddocks
- Varietal: Rose - Pinot Noir
- Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food pairing: Light seafood; salads; light pastas & rice dishes; grilled chicken & fish with herbs
The inaugural Pinot Noir Rosé for Two Paddocks - a dabble in the pink. Deliberately selected and grown for Rosé production from estate grown pinot noir vines using organic farming principles at Two Paddocks, The Last Chance Vineyard, Alexandra, Central Otago.
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.
- 90 Points - Nick Stock, James Suckling
- Sumptuous - Peter Bourne, Gourmet Traveller Wine
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