First Paddock is our original vineyard, planted twenty years ago. In the foreground, our younger vines from which we expect a modest first crop this year.
No idle boast...
We are all pretty tickled pink, here at HQ, having score a terrific hat trick with our three 2010 Pinots in the last few weeks. We are, as is traditionally noted at such times, humbled. (Have you noticed that people always say this when they are about to be knighted or somesuch, when the truth is that for the moment they are so full of themselves they are fit to burst ... When someone says "I feel truly humbled," don’t believe a word of it.)
- First of all, our 2010 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir won Outstanding Gold at the London I.W.S.C. late last year, as previously noted in this blog.
- Secondly, at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, our single vineyard The Last Chance Pinot Noir 2010 won Elite gold.
- And thirdly, at Pinot 2013 that extraordinary triennial four day Wellington bacchanal, our other single vineyard, 2010 The First Paddock Pinot Noir, was one of only two Central Otago Pinots chosen to represent our region at the Grand Tasting on the last day. This is a singular honour, and we were delighted to be showing among a fine field of the 12 wines representing Pinot in New Zealand. Our friends at Rippon were with us, with their Tinker’s Field old vines Pinot, another terrific wine. Our wines were selected, as it turned out, by the wonderful Lisa Perotti-Brown MW. We are hoping that her comments may be found online somewhere.
We normally never enter competitions at all, now we fear addiction to wine shows!