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Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

LIMITED RELEASE 94 POINT RATED SAM KIM & WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 

$ 59 .99 /bottle
Single bottle $59.99
CUSTOMER REVIEWS

  • 94 POINT RATED SAM KIM WINE ORBIT
  • 94 POINT RATED WINE ENTHUSIAST EDITORS CHOICE 
  • 92 POINT RATED NICK STOCK
  • 92 POINT RATED REBECCA GIBB MW 
  • VEGAN FRIENDLY CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 

Tasting Notes

Two Paddocks 2018 harvest will be remembered as the earliest picking date on record. A warm spring that quickly turned in to a hot summer with much warmer night time temperatures than are typically experienced in Alexandra. Ideal conditions over flowering, which was a month early, began on the 20th November. Again, perfect growing conditions meant veraison also began a month early on the 20th January. The extreme heat and dry finished abruptly on the 1st February. Cooler temperatures over February / March thankfully slowed ripening down and intensified flavour development.  However, harvest still began nearly a month earlier than typical on the 14th March and was over by the 11th April. Both the grapes and stems were beautifully ripe, intensely flavoured and in perfect health.


Accolades & Awards

94 Point Rated - Sam Kim Wine Orbit 

"Gorgeously fruited and inviting, the bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, fragrant spice and vanillin oak characters, leading to a beautifully rounded palate that’s succulent and fleshy. It’s wonderfully harmonious and textured with a lengthy silky finish. At its best: now to 2026."


94 Point Rated- Wine Enthusiast - Editors’ Choice

“This is a beautifully approachable yet complex wine from this boutique, biodynamically farmed estate, owned by actor Sam Neill with a talented winemaking and viticulture team spearheaded by Dean Shaw and Mike Wing, respectively. The nose conjures images of cherry pie cooling on a windowsill, a rosebush blooming from the sun-warmed soil beneath. Savory, sappy tannins wind around silky, high-toned fruit in the mouth. A tightrope walk of balance of power and elegance with crunchy acidity to break the fall.”


92 Point Rated - Nick Stock 

"An impressively complex nose here with a very fresh and juicy, red-cherry and berry nose that offers such alluring style. The palate has a succulent and juicy feel with a plush, toasted-spice and ripe, red-cherry core. Made from organically grown grapes. Firmish finish. Try from 2021."


92 Point Rated-  Rebecca Gibb MW

"A deeply relaxing wine with seamless texture and melted-butter-like tannins.  You could do a 20 minute meditation session or have a glass of this; the result will be the same. The palate is layered, with violets and thyme offering the top line, damson fruit in the mid palate and oak-derived cedar and spice lending a savory, baritone note.  There's gentle tension providing enough line. A blend from vineyards from three sub-regions of Central Otago.  It's very complete and can be approached now.  A real triumph in a year that threw a spanner in the works with a season that ran a full month earlier than the norm."


Technical

The flagship from Two Paddocks – an organically grown barrel selection from the estate properties.  In 2018 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 25% whole bunch, indigenous fermentation and hand plunging.  Maturation is in French barriques for 10 months, using a mix of older and new (20%) barrels. Vegan friendly.


Hand harvested, 75% de-stemmed and given a 7 day pre-fermentation cold maceration to extract colour and aroma.  After an indigenous fermentation, with a single plunging per day, the wine was given another 5 days post fermentation time on skins.  Wine is then transferred to 1-4 (20% new oak) year old French medium toast barriques for a 10-month maturation, before racking and bottling. 

Estate Vineyard composition: 27% The Fusilier - Bannockburn, 22% - The Last Chance – Earnscleugh (Alexandra), 29% The Red Bank – Earnscleugh (Alexandra) and 22% The First Paddock – Gibbston.

This wine shows black currant, ripe red plum fruit and spicy aromatics following through to a rich plush but elegantly textured mouthfeel with great density, persistence and poise.

Specifications
Vintage: 2018
Source/Region:

Central Otago, New Zealand 

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar mid term
Bottle Top: Stelvin
Alcohol Content: 13.00
Standard Drinks: 7.70
Rating: 94
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