Good marks and loving it.
Normally we put our good reviews discretely in our astoundingly interesting Articles and Reviews section.
But this week The Prop breaks ranks, just because he can, and draws your attention to these notes from Cameron Douglas MS, from the always useful and authoritative online source The Shout. Cameron is New Zealand's ONLY Master Sommelier. ... So there.
Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
5 Stars -- Old and expressive bouquet that captures the scents of plush and juicy ripe red fruit, a dry stone and schist-like minerality and Otago sweet air laced with new and older oak. On the palate -- dry, but immediately juicy with red fruit and plenty of acidity; medium+ fine tannins add texture and complexity; longish finish, expertly crafted.
Two Paddocks Proprietor's Reserve 'The Last Chance' Earnscleugh Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 (to be released in April 2015)
4.5 Stars -- There is complexity, pinosity, charm and elegance in the bouquet with roses, light red fruits some integration and moderate+ sweet oak suggestion. On the palate – dry and very reflective of the nose with roses, red apple skin, light red fruits and a distinctive earthy savoury quality; medium+ fine tannins, oak and acidity; balanced and well made.
Two Paddocks Proprietor's Reserve 'The First Paddock' Gibbston Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013 (to be released in April 2015)
4.5 Stars -- Bright, fresh and youthful red fruits bouquet alongside florals and a gentle spice with savoury complexity. On the palate -- dry, fruity, savoury and earthy with a distinctive minerality all sewn together with oak of medium+ flavour and influence. Medium+ fine(ish) tannins and acidity; balanced and well made.
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