Two Paddocks Proprietor’s Reserve The First Paddock Pinot Noir 2018
New Zealand / Central Otago
Andy's Tasting Notes
Planted in 1993, this is the original vineyard in owner Sam Neil’s portfolio of Central Otago vineyards. Situated in the upper Gibbston Valley it is made with meticulously selected Burgundian clones. It begins with alluring floral hints of cherry, plum, olive, mushroom and spice. Super fine tannins and crisp acidity add to the overall refinement and poise.
Decant 1 hour before serving, or keep to 2030 to develop further.
97 points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, December 2019 “There’s a sweetly smoky edge to this sappy and wildly fresh pinot that has attractive wild herbs, as well as a swirling array of rose flowers, blueberries, cherries and spices. The palate has exceptional polish and deeply layered fruit tannin, glazed with spicy oak nuances and holding long, fresh and silky. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap.”
95 points, Rebecca Gibb MW, vinous.com, March 2021 “There’s a transparency to Gibbston fruit and a floaty-light impression that you don’t get in other subregions of Central Otago, and here it’s in full effect. Yet the texture is silken and there’s plenty of density and excellent ripeness. Despite the earliest harvest on record and a warm season, Gibbston’s marginal climate ensures the acidity rip-roars through the wine like a water race. The tannins are comforting in their seamless, mouthcoating texture. A joy to drink. Drink 2021 – 2030.“
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Price per bottle £48.50
22 in stock
Two Paddocks is the only winery with a footprint in all three of the major wine valleys of Central Otago, and they have an insatiable obsession with creating world-class Pinot Noir
Two Paddocks was established in 1993 by Kiwi actor, Sam Neill, who was raised in the South Island of New Zealand, and still calls it home. Initially Sam bought a paddock in Gibbston and aimed to grow a small amount of his favourite grape – Pinot Noir – with the hope of producing enough wine for his friends and family. The vineyards are grown within a holistic farming model, which aims to naturally recycle all farm animal and vine by products back into composts and nutrient rich soil enhancers that are then applied to the vineyards. Over time, this will make the Two Paddocks portfolio entirely certified Organic.
Sam spends several months a year based in Central Otago, and is responsible for the fun and irreverent team environment!
Food matchSautéed mushrooms on toasted sourdough