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Proprietor's Reserve 2014 The Fusilier Pinot Noir

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Decanter UK Jan 2017 Most Exciting Wines Read More

Wild strawberry and raspberry fruit backed by restrained, savoury oak and delicately chewy tanins.  Bramble fruit and autumn leaves give a complex and vibrant structure; just what one wants from a Pinot Noir.  Drink 2017-2021

JamesSuckling.com Dec 2016 94 Points Top 50 NZ Read More

The Top 50 New Zealand Wines of 2016 - A slightly reticent nose shows laid back red-cherry fruits, crushed roses and rosehip. Some sappy elements too, and there's a focus on red cherry fruits here that belies the wine's Bannockburn location. The newest vineyard in the Two Paddocks collection. The palate has impressive acidity, which holds upbeat red-cherry and boysenberry flavors long and expansive. Glossy polished tannins wrap neatly and frame impressive length and focus. Drink now to 2025+.  Nick Stock, Contributing Editor

Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines Dec 2016 Read More

The debut 2014 vintage was estate-grown at Bannockburn, at the western end of Felton Road. Hand-picked, it was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (33 per cent new). Showing excellent density and complexity, it is mouthfilling and fleshy, with concentrated, ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, very gentle tannins, slightly fungal, earthy notes adding complexity, and obvious potential; open 2019+

Jancis Robinson MW, The Financial Times Oct 2016 16.5+ Points Read More

The first vintage from Sam Neill's fourth and avowedly final vineyard acquisition, a mature six hectares of Pinot on Felton Road in Bannockburn named in honour of his soldier father (Harrow, Sandhurst and all that).  Smooth, polished fruit with a hint of coffee (though no excess oak). Already accessible but no hurry to drink this. Good freshness.

Cameron Douglas MS Jul 2016 95 Points Read More

On the nose – an immediate signature of mineral, soil, soft dried herb and ripe ripe fruit, wild black cherry, dark red apple skin, some cashew nutty oak and toasty spice.  On the palate – a great reflection of what the nose suggests – with sweet red berry fruits, fine tannins with dried herb and schist soil ideas, lots of youthful energy from medium+ acidity.  Great length.

John Saker Jun 2016 19 Points Read More

There is much to admire in this wine. The aromatics are low and fascinating - floral, soil after rain, turmeric, suggestions of oak spice. A central core of red and dark fruit notes, with a dash of plum compote, arrives swathed in sexy tannins. Sweet and savoury notes play off against each other. There is a gentle, substantial quality to the texture and wine grows and grows in the glass. Two Paddocks’ finest effort yet - a triumph.

Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Jun 2016 19 Points Read More

Classic pinot noir,  fractionally above midway in depth.  Bouquet is dramatically varietal,  beautiful sweet florals including darkest purple buddleia through deep dusky roses to boronia,  on red grading to black cherry fruit.  There is an exciting lift on the bouquet,  taking the wine straight to Cote de Nuits.  Palate is almost  succulent,  wonderful concentration,  clearly aromatic in the most positive Cote de Nuits way,  the whole wine in its youthful and still fleshy way reminding of vineyards such as Clos-Saint-Jacques,  Gevrey-Chambertin.  This is benchmark wine in the great 2014 vintage in Central Otago,  a wine against which others may be measured.  Length of flavour is lovely:  I look forward to a dry extract on this wine,  it should be over 30 g/L.  Cellar 5 – 15 years,  maybe longer. 

Wine Spectator, 31 May 2016 May 2016 92 Points Read More

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The tannins are both firm and fine-grained, giving plenty of structure and adding a plush note to the bramble, wild strawberry and raspberry flavors. Ginger and sandalwood accents show on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2026.

Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout NZ Apr 2016 94 Points Read More

A bouquet of established vines, soil and sense of place; aromas of light red fruits gently spiced with smoky oak tones and a steely moment that comes from established vines and instinctive wine making. On the palate: ripe, red fruit favouring dark cherry and plum pit; a savoury tone adds complexity with a softer wild herb moment; attractive mineral underscore; ripe medium+ acidity; enough new oak and a lengthy finish.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Apr 2016 18.5 Points Read More

Full, very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with light purple on the rim. This has a gently full and voluminous nose with complex layers of savoury dark-red berry fruits melded with dried herbs, earth and whole bunch stalk-like elements, and piquant, funky, minerally nuances, The aromatics are lively with a fresh, herbal underlay, and build in density with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of savoury red berry fruits, earth, dried thyme herbs and whole bunch stalk notes are complex and mouthfilling. The fruit is rich and enlivened by underlying acidity, and supported by fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction and structure. Alcoholic generosity and power drives the wine to a soft, open, savoury, red-fruited finish. This is a full-flavoured, savoury red-fruited Pinot Noir with whole bunch complexities, fine-grained structure and considerable power. Match with casseroles and game meat dishes over the next 6+ years. Fruit from the 5.6 ha "The Fusilier" vineyard on Felton Road, vines planted in 2000, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with one-third whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in one-third new French oak barriques. 300 dozen made.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Mar 2016 97 Points Read More

From their newly acquired vineyard at the end of Felton Road in the Bannockburn district, this is an exquisitely composed pinot showing aromas of dark berry, game, truffle and cedar on the nose. The palate is equally stunning with superb fruit concentration and weight, enhanced by velvety texture and supple tannins. Youthful yet immediately appealing, this is destined to develop magnificently. A great addition to already a formidable range of pinots at Two Paddocks. At its best: now to 2024.

Julia Harding MW Jan 2016 17 Points Read More

Cherry red. Intense, ripe, sweet cherry fruit. Rich, ripe and sweet-fruited on the palate too, with additional sweetness from the oak spice. Firm, chewy and compact. More power than many in this line of Central Otago Pinots and needs time.

Two Paddocks 2015 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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Wine Spectator Feb 2017 93 Points Read More

Complex and intruiging, with fresh raspberry, cherry and tangerine flavors.  Sleek and polished, showing plenty of traction from the tannins.  Sophisticated and aromatic.  Drink now through 2030.

Gourmet Traveller Wine Feb/March 2017 Jan 2017 Iconic Wine Read More

Produced from all four of the Neill family's Central Otago vineyards.  Lifted red fruit, violet and spicy blackcurrant aromatics leading to a suave, textural palate showing density, complexity and persistence.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate #228 Dec 2016 90 Points Read More

Pale ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir has an evocative nose of cranberries and red currants with nuances of garrigue, wild thyme, underbrush and mossy bark. The palate is elegantly constructed with a light body and soft, fine-grained tannins supporting the lively fruit and finishing long.

Cameron Douglas MS Dec 2016 94 Points Read More

Fragrant, soft earthy spices, some wild flowers and wild red fruits, familiar red cherry, red apple and tea notes, seasoned barrel spice and quite complex overall. On the palate – youthful with plenty of acidity cushioned by ripe red berry fruit, floral moments and moderate toasty wood spices; fine silky tannins, ticks all the boxes for Otago fine wine, lengthy, complex and memorable.

Picnic 2015 Picnic Pinot Noir

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Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Jun 2016 17+ Points Read More

Pinot noir ruby, below midway in depth. Bouquet is intriguing, floral with buddleia and cream / orange roses, and a suggestion of spicy / smoky complexity. Palate is clean, ripe, attractively balanced to oak and much more concentrated and juicy than the early days of the Picnic label – in short dinkum pinot noir. Except it might not be bone dry, though. Cellar 3 – 8 years.  

 

 

Cameron Douglas MS Apr 2016 Fresh, Vibrant Read More

Fresh, vibrant, lots of red florals and very fruity aroma; just noticeable softer oak layer, a hint of spice and vanilla and a calm inviting bouquet overall. On the palate – dry, fresh, fruity, easy tannins and crisp youthful acidity; a touch of palate tension and poise adds to the length and enjoyment of this wine.

Past Vintages

Proprietor's Reserves 2013 The Last Chance Pinot Noir

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JamesSuckling.com Dec 2016 94 Points Top 50 NZ Read More

Top 50 New Zealand Wines 2016 - I really like the florals here. This has a vibrant and exuberant nose that offers up plenty of orange zest and bright red cherry fruits. The palate has a graphite edge and compressed red-cherry and raspberry flavors as well as some cassis to boot. Succulent finish follows groomed tannins. This has power and elegance. Drink 2018-2026+. Nick Stock, Contributing Editor

Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines Dec 2016 Read More

From a vineyard 'perched above the Earnscleugh Valley' at Alexandra, the 2013 vintage was released in 2016. Hand-harvested, it was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (one-third new). Floral, mouthfilling and supple, it is an elegant, youthful wine, very savoury, with an array of vibrant ripe cherry, dried-herb and nut flavours, finely integrated oak, and excellent complexity, harmony and length. Delicious now, it should be at its best 2018+

Cameron Douglas MS Jul 2016 96 Points Read More

On the nose - quite soft and fragrant with sweet oak spices mixed with darker berry fruits and crushed roses fill the bouquet; dark cherry and red apple skin; complex and intriguing.  On the palate- tense, dry, textures of chalky tannins and youthful vibrant acidity mixed with dark cherry and berry fruit flavours; darker baking spice moments plus clove and toasty oak. Youthful, complex, lengthy finish.

John Saker Jun 2016 18 Points Read More

Sweet floral aromatics with a savoury twist. In the mouth it is medium weight, ifted and driven by bright acidity. Red cherry and spice (clove, allspice) notes ring out. This is a wine that bristles with juicy energy, resolving in a long, fine savour finish.

Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Jun 2016 17.5+ Points Read More

Medium pinot noir ruby, some age showing, right in the middle for depth of colour. Bouquet is a little out to one side, maturing red fruits, fragrant but not exactly floral, with a spicy cinnamon and related quality suggesting light brett. Palate has the good concentration all these Two Paddocks wines now show, browning red cherry grading to black cherry, but again spicy, and very dry indeed. An unusual pinot noir style, enormously food friendly, like a pinot noir version of an older-style chateauneuf-du-pape (in flavour, not weight). Shorter term cellar might be wiser, on the drying factor, 3 – 8 years.

 

Wine Spectator, 31 May 2016 May 2016 94 Points Read More

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Concentrated, with firm and juicy black cherry and blackberry flavors that are generous and velvety, showing a range of star anise and black tea details. A fresh loamy earth note lingers on the lone, powerful finish. Drink now through 2026.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Apr 2016 19 Points Read More

Dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the edge. This has an elegantly concentrated and tightly bound nose with finely proportioned, intense aromas of black cherry fruit intermixed with liquorice, violet florals and black mineral elements, revealing subtle whole bunch stalk complexities, spice elements and oak hints. Medium-full bodied, the palate features bright and vibrant fruit flavours of black cherries, liquorice, spices and minerals which intensify, forming a concentrated core. The mouthfeel has acid vitality and tension, and significant fine-grained tannin structure, flowing with powerful linearity. Black florals, oak toast and reductive mineral detail unfolds and caries to a concentrated, long-lingering finish. This is a concentrated, elegant and finely structured, vibrant black-fruited Pinot Noir with mineral and liquorice complexities. Serve with lamb, beef and venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Clones 115 and 5 from the 3 ha "The Last Chance" vineyard in Earnscleugh, vines planted in 1998, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with one-third whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in one-third new French oak barriques. 150 dozen made.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Mar 2016 97 Points Read More

One of the most unlikely places to grow grapes on earth is Two Paddock's Earnscleugh vineyard. A tiny terraced single plot, among the most southerly vineyards in the world, has an old watercourse named The Last Chance hand-dug by goldminers in the 1860s. From an outstanding vintage, this glorious wine shows haunting aromas of dark berry, truffle, clove, game and cedar with nuances of thyme and nutmeg. It is concentrated and focused on the palate, and displays a flowing mouthfeel and delectable fruit flavours together with a seductive savoury undertone. At its best: now to 2023.

James Suckling.com, Nick Stock – Contributing Edit May 2015 94-95 Points Read More

This shows plenty of the trademark fragrances and perfumes with hints of wild thyme and a poached cherry and raspberry fruit core; it’s really in tune with the established style of this southerly vineyard. The palate has crunchy fruit flavors set amidst sturdy tannins and looks full of promise.

Proprietor's Reserves 2012 The Last Chance Pinot Noir

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Jancis Robinson MW, The Financial Times Oct 2016 16.5 Points Read More

This won an International Wine Challenge trophy, from a vineyard at about 350 ft in Alexandra just next to the Red Bank home farm. Strong aroma of dried grasses with warm, attractively spicy fruit on the palate. 'Perhaps the world’s most southerly vineyard', according to the Two Paddocks website.

Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout NZ March 2015 Mar 2015 Read More

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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate #216 Dec 2014 93 Points Read More

Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2012 Last Chance Pinot Noir has gorgeous kirsch, red currant jelly, game and violets notes on the nose with nuances of thyme and truffles. Very elegant and fresh in the mouth with a great intensity of red fruit characters and satiny tannins, it concludes with great persistence and a minerally lift.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Issue Oct 2014 92 Points Read More

The Best Of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Good medium red. Wild, soil-inflected aromas of red berries, pepper, underbrush, minerals and smoked meat; distinctly Old World in style--in fact, this reminded me a bit of northern Rhone syrah! Sweet, ripe and smooth, with a slight positive funkiness adding appeal to the broad but lively red fruit, brown spice and rose petal flavors. Lovely inner-mouth energy here, and good peppery, herbal lift. Boasts better depth than most 2012 pinots from New Zealand. Less salty and more fruit-driven than the basic 2012 release, finishing with more breadth and finesse, not to mention length. Very sexy wine, and a big success for this--or any--vintage.

Bob Campbell MW, BobsWineReviews Aug 2014 Gold 95 Points Read More

Intense Pinot Noir with typical Earnscleugh tautness and minerality. Fine, pure and subtly powerful wine that shimmers with energy. It promises to age superbly.

Proprietor's Reserves 2010 The Last Chance Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper, New Zealand Listener May 2014 Read More

From Sam Neill's vineyard high above the Earnscleugh Valley, this classy wine is likely to be long-lived. Mouth-filling and fleshy, it has a foundation of firm ripe tannins and excellent concentration of cherry, plum and spice flavours.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013 91+ Points Read More

Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2010 Last Chance Pinot Noir is scented of mulberries, black raspberries and Provencal herbs with touches of underbrush and tar. Medium to full-bodied, it is generously fruited in the mouth with a solid structure of medium level grainy tannins and balanced acidity, finishing long. Drink it now to 2017+.

Bob Campbell MW, BobsWineReviews Jul 2013 Gold 94 Points Read More

Dense, powerful Pinot Noir with an almost chewy texture and impressive flavour depth. Dark cherry, violets, Oriental spices, baked earth and mineral characters. The wine opened up as it sat in the glass - definitely worth decanting for at least 30 minutes. Tantalisingly complex and brooding wine with great cellaring potential.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Jan 2013 19 Points Read More

Clone 115 and 5 fruit from the "The Last Chance" vineyard, Earnscleugh, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with one-third whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in one-third new French oak barriques. Full, deep, dark ruby-red with purple hues. The nose is vey finely presented with tight and concentrated aromas of black cherry fruit revealing layers of lifted violetty florals, spicy, charry oak and black plums. Medium-full bodied, concentrated black fruits and aromatic floral and spice flavours ate complexed by char and whole bunch dried herb nuances, forming an intense and elegantly proportioned palate. The flavours are supported by very fine-grained, tannins and lacy acidity, providing vibrancy, poise and tension. The flavours follow a very fine line to a very long and sustained finish with refined textures and sweet black cherry fruit. This is an elegant, black-fruited Pinot Noir with refined structure, energy and finesse. Match with roasted beef or lamb, or serve with harder cheeses over the next 6-9 years. 150 dozen made.

Proprietor's Reserves 2004 The Last Chance Pinot Noir

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Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Apr 2007 16.5 Points Read More

[screwcap; some whole bunch, cold soak and extended cuvaison to 4 weeks with wild yeast; 11 months in French oak 30% new]

Cherry red, a little deeper than the First Paddock. Bouquet is more red fruits, less floral than the sister wine. Palate is firm red cherry, with a suggestion of hardness like under-ripe red plums, a little more concentrated than the First Paddock, not as concentrated the ’04 Carrick, needing to mellow in bottle a couple of years. Like the First Paddock, this too is remarkably akin to a minor Beaune or thereabouts wine, in a cooler year. Cellar 3 – 8 years.

Cuisine, Issue 119, November 2006 Nov 2006 Read More

Named after an old miner's water-race on the property, Sam Neill's two hectare vineyard near Alexandra has yielded a supple wine, full coloured, with fresh, intense cherry, plum and spice flavours and savoury, complex notes. It's a stylish, elegant wine, developing well.

Proprietor's Reserves 2003 The Last Chance Pinot Noir

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The Age Epicure Uncorked By Ralph Kyte-Powell Feb 2006 Read More

Two Paddocks is the enterprise of actor Sam Neill in New Zealand’s Central Otago region. The ‘03 may be his best pinot noir. It has fragrant plum, spice and undergrowth aromas, with some savoury meaty strength. The palate has a satin feel with moderate intensity of flavour and a long, soft, savoury finish.

Ageing? Drink over two years, plus

Food ideas: Grilled herbed chicken; veal scalopine

The Independent, Richard Ehrlich Aug 2005 TBC Read More

Exerpt from an article entitled Premier Crew: The Rise of Celebrity Wine-makers
By Richard Ehrlich

This is in a different league from the other wines. New Zealand's Central Otago district makes world-class Pinot Noir, and this is one of them. A pure expression of the grape's qualities, silky-smooth on the palate with a multitude of enticing berry flavours in addition to the sweet cherries that are a hallmark of this grape. Abundant, lip-smacking acidity keeps the flavours fresh, and ageing in French oak adds a smoky lustre. Drop-dead gorgeous, the best in this bunch by far.

 

Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Apr 2005 18.5 Points Read More

[screwcap; 7 days cold-soak, wild yeast, 20% whole-bunch fermentation, 25 days cuvaison, c. 10 months in French oak 25%]

Good pinot noir ruby. Bouquet is total pinot, the florals of boronia and dusky roses, black cherries, deep, quieter than the Carrick, yet beautifully varietal. Palate shows a wine where fruit quality is uppermost, not dominated by oak, beautiful crunchy cherry fruit, long flavours recapturing the florals on bouquet, all really burgundian. Not quite the palate weight of the Carrick, though. Cellar 5 – 10 years.

Proprietor's Reserves 2002 The Last Chance Pinot Noir

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Bob Campbell MW, Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Sep 2004 Rich and silken wine Read More

Intensely fruity pinot noir with dense black cherry, floral, farmyard and ripe plum flavours, plus a seasoning of dried herbs. Rich and silken wine with a long finish and a firm tannic backbone that hints at cellaring potential

Home & Entertaining (New Zealand), Bob Campbell MW Jul 2004 Gold 94 Points Read More

From actor Sam Neill's two vineyards near Alexandra [he has a third in Gibbston], this intensely fruity Pinot Noir has dense black cherry, floral, farmyard and ripe plum flavours, plus a seasoning of dried herbs. Rich and silken, with a long finish and a firm tannic backbone that hints at cellering potential.

Decanter (Australia), Bob Campbell MW Dec 2003 Read More

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Well-known actor Sam Neill now owns three vineyards in Central Otago. Neill's Pinot Noir sells instantly upon release thanks as much to his stature as a actor as the quality of his wines. This dense, velvety red has seductively sweet berry and dried spice flavours. Sealed with a screwcap to give at least six years¹ cellaring potential.

 

The Independent, Bob Campbell MW Jun 2003 Impressively dense Read More

An impressively dense wine with a velvet texture. Two Paddocks is the reasonably priced wine of actor Sam Neill. Previous vintages have sold within day of release on the strength of the Neill fame. The latest release deserves to sell rapidly on the basis of high quality at a fair price.
[ Both Two Paddocks' 2002 The Last Chance Pinot Noir and our 2002 First Paddock Pinot Noir were among Bob Campbell's Top Picks.]

 

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Jun 2003 Generous up-front fr Read More

Is fragrant with lovely, generous up-front fruit, with a hint of licorice, spice and cherry plum, and a crisp finish.

 

Proprietor's Reserves 2013 The First Paddock Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines Dec 2016 Read More

The 2013 vintage was estate-grown at Gibbston and matured in French oak barrels. Ruby-hued, with moderately youthful colour, it has an invitingly fragrant bouquet of herbs and spices. A true expression of the Gibbston Valley sub-region, it has an array of plum, spice and herb flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, fine-grained tannins and good complexity. Drink now or cellar

Jancis Robinson MW, The Financial Times Oct 2016 16.5 Points Read More

From Sam Neill's original little 4.6 ha plot in Gibbston. Planted in 1993 and their highest site, at 800 ft. Savoury with dried herbs on the nose. Sinewy texture - not as easy and fruity and friendly as some of the Two Paddocks wines. Marked acidity with a dry finish. No hurry to drink this.

Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug/Sep 2015 Sep 2015 93 Points Read More

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Dry, savoury and Burgundian-style pinot with red cherry, violet, fresh herb and spicy oak flavours. There is a hint of tobacco and new leather adding complexity. A wine with cellaring potential.

James Suckling.com, Nick Stock – Contributing Edit May 2015 95 - 96 Points Read More

This shows some of the greener, more vegetal stemmy and sappy edges that the Gibbston Valley can deliver, and there’s a neat spicy layer too. The palate’s juicy, bright, even and supple and shows a lot of promise once it settles in and fills out.

Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout NZ March 2015 Mar 2015 Read More

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.

Proprietor's Reserves 2011 The First Paddock Pinot Noir

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Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Jun 2016 18+ Points Read More

Light pinot noir ruby, some age showing, well below midway. Bouquet is complex and very burgundian, floral clearly, red fruits centred on red cherry, and an exciting piquant lift to the wine again taking it to Cote de Nuits rather than the Cote de Beaune, but also hinting at trace brett. Flavours in mouth are richer than the colour suggests, some mellowing into secondary characters, the fruit and cedary oak harmonising, light in style yet concentrated too. It tastes closest in style to the Rippon, a little plumper, and shows similar analogies, just slightly more oaky to the finish. Cellar 3 – 8 years.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Issue Oct 2014 91+ Points Read More

The Best Of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

(from a 1993 planting; fermented with 50% whole clusters and aged in 30% new French oak): Medium red. Complex, slightly reduced, soil-driven aromas of raspberry, truffley underbrush, smoke, pepper and game. Round, ripe and fine-grained, showing a seamless texture to the flavors of red fruits, underbrush and smoky minerals. This gained in nuance and texture with extended time in the recorked bottle without losing its verve.

Wine Spectator, 8 August 2014 Aug 2014 91 Points Read More

by MaryAnn Worobiec, in an article entitled: 9 Savory New Zealand Pinot Noirs. New reviews of elegant and refined Kiwi reds.

Fragrant and robust up front, with chicory and mahogany aromatics, complemented by a touch of crushed rock. Offers a powerful mix of dried lavender, orange zest, tangy cherry and raspberry flavors that are fresh and focused, delivering a smooth texture and wonderful persistence on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 50 cases imported.

 

Huon Hooke May 2014 95 Points Read More

Deep red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet shows black cherry and dried herbs, a touch of spice, some meaty, smokey charred-barrel character, which seems ephemeral, and increasingly vegetal aromas and flavours. There’s a lot of charcuterie in this, and the wine has hidden layers of complexity on palate, deep and long and not overreaching itself. It’s not a try-hard, but has depth, length and seamless concentration. A lovely, lovely pinot!

 

 

 

Proprietor's Reserves 2010 The First Paddock Pinot Noir

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Wine-Searcher, Rebecca Gibb Editor Jan 2014 Good, very, very goo Read More

I could have shown off and said my wine of the year was the 1955 Domaine de Chevalier I had at a dinner with the estate's owners, but how many people would be able to get hold of that? 

Instead, I'm opting for a wine that surprised me at New Zealand's 2013 Pinot Noir Celebration: Two Paddock's 2010 First Paddock, owned by actor Sam Neill. It's not a wine that's made every year because it's produced from fruit in the Gibbston Valley, Central Otago's coolest subregion. Often, it's hard to ripen the pinot fully here, but when it's good, it's very, very good. This wine is a triumph – pure and fragrant, tight and elegant. Like your best knickers for a special occasion, it is both silky and delicate. The damson and especially black cherry aromas are quintessentially Central Otago. And it’s only 13 percent, which means you can potentially drink two glasses or more.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013 93+ Points Read More

Medium ruby-purple-colored, the 2010 First Paddock Pinot Noir reveals a simply gorgeous nose of violets, rose hips and wild thyme over a core of pomegranate and kirsch. Elegantly fruited on the medium bodied palate, this is a superb example of the very fine structure, balance and incredible intensity that this very special Gibbston vineyard can give, albeit only in a great vintages such as 2010. The finish is very long and harmonious. Drink this one now to 2018+.

Bob Campbell MW, BobsWineReviews Jul 2013 93 Points Read More

Aromatic wine with appealing savoury, dried herb, red cherry, floral and subtle spice characters. Fine-boned and quite powerful Pinot Noir with purity and intensity. Sweet fruit is balanced by chalky tannins to give a drying finish. Quite a complex and distinctive wine that gives a nod in the direction of Burgundy.

Proprietor's Reserves 2007 The First Paddock Pinot Noir

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Jancis Robinson Aug 2009 16.5 Points Read More

Notably dark crimson. Super juicy fruit. Lots of ripe redcurrant fruit and pretty polished with a hint of cough medicine/aromatic herbs on the edge. Bright though not super concentrated fruit. Drink 2010 – 2015

Neal Martin, erobertparker.com Aug 2009 87 Points Read More

The 2007 First Paddock Pinot Noir is limited to just 49 cases and 150 magnums with only the latter to be commercially released! It has a slightly pinched plumy nose with touches of violets. The palate is medium-bodied with quite chewy tannins: black plum, ripe cherries and a touch of iodine. Smooth on the finish, though it lacks a little complexity and definition. Not bad, but I prefer the regular Pinot Noir. I tasted Sam Neill’s wines both blind and at a well-organized public Central Otago tasting.

Bob Campbell MW, Bob Campbell Wine Reviews Jul 2008 90 Points Read More

Moderately dense yet elegant Pinot Noir with appealing floral, cherry and spicy oak flavours. Supple wine with impressive length and moderate complexity. Bone dry with a good structure of fine, ripe tannins.

 

Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wine Jul 2008 Read More

Grown in Sam Neill’s original Central Otago vineyard, planted at Gibbston in 1993, the 2007 vintage was matured for 11 months in French Oak barriques (30% new). Rich and youthful in colour, it is sweet fruited, savoury and concentrated, with delicious deep plum and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity. It’s already delicious, but has the structure to mature well.

 

Proprietor's Reserves 2006 The First Paddock Pinot Noir

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Decanter Magazine, Serena Sutcliffe MW Jul 2008 Great Wine Read More

 

by Serena Sutcliffe MW, Head of Sotheby’s International Wine Department

Great wine to satisfy the most ardent of Pinot fusspots (count me in), this rarely produced wine is special and has a few splendid drinking years ahead.
 

The Wine Advocate, Neal Martin May 2008 91 Points Read More

...Has good intensity on the nose, lacking a little clarity at the moment but that will come with more bottle age. The palate is medium bodied with good weight, a definite Burgundian sensibility with an attractive, meaty finish. Atypical for Central Otago style but full of personality and natural, rather bucolic charm.

The Wine Advocate, Neal Martin May 2008 91 Points Read More

...Has good intensity on the nose, lacking a little clarity at the moment but that will come with more bottle age. The palate is medium bodied with good weight, a definite Burgundian sensibility with an attractive, meaty finish. Atypical for Central Otago style but full of personality and natural, rather bucolic charm.

Wine Spectator Apr 2008 91 Points Read More

Concentrated and ripe, with outstanding depth to blackberry and black cherry flavours. Spice, slate and iron balance the fruit, with cedary oak, dried herbs and cut tannins extending through the finish. Drink now through 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

Cuisine Magazine Nov 2007 Read More

A big wine, with good length and superb concentration of flavours. Dense black cherry notes atop firm, toasty oak with a hint of mocha.

Geoff Kelly, Regional Wines Newsletter Sep 2007 Beautiful Otago Pino Read More

On the red wine front, there is a very beautiful Otago Pinot Noir to try, or invest in. It is not the biggest or weightiest pinot around, but in terms of its florals, its finesse and its length of flavor, one has to go straight to Burgundy and the Cote de Nuits at that, to find comparable quality. In particular, one can taste the floral qualities right through the cherry palate. The wine is 2006 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir ‘First Paddock’, their top offering in a pretty good vintage down there. It will cellar for 10 years.

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Aug 2007 Read More

Two Paddocks has made three stylish pinots this year – the stylish, charming Two Paddocks First Paddock 2006 (4 Stars); the oaky textural Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir (31/2 Stars), but for drinking now, the Picnic has the charm of youth with lots of fruit nicely balanced with a hint of spice, and a good finish.

Wine NZ Magazine Jun 2007 Dense, youthful Read More

Dense, youthful wine. Forward, sweet fruited and vibrant. Youthful and very minerally. Shows lovely balance with tannins that are well proportioned and soft. Should develop complexity.

Proprietor's Reserves 2004 The First Paddock Pinot Noir

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Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Apr 2007 16.5 Points Read More

[screwcap; cold soak and extended cuvaison to 4 weeks with wild yeast; 11 months in French oak 37% new]

Pinot noir ruby, one of the lightest. Bouquet is beautifully floral suggesting roses, on light fragrant red fruits such as strawberry and red cherry, for all the world like a Beaune village wine. Flavours are similar but a little stalky and acid, carefully oaked, all clearly in style for a cooler year. There is not the ripeness and richness of the delightful 2003 though.
Cellar 3 – 8 years.

Proprietor's Reserves 2003 The First Paddock Pinot Noir

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Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Apr 2005 17.5 Points Read More

[screwcap; cold-soak, fermentation and cuvaison totalled 28 days, 10 months in French oak 30%]

Big pinot noir ruby, markedly deeper than the Last Chance wine. Benefits from decanting, to reveal a deeper and heavier wine all round than its companion. Bigger is not necessarily better however, and there are suggestions of sur-maturité and dark plumminess, rather than cherries and florals. Palate is rich and velvety, and for those to whom weight on palate is more important than beauty of bouquet, this wine will rate higher than the Last Chance. Cellar 5 – 15 years.

Proprietor's Reserves 2002 The First Paddock Pinot Noir

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Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, Bob Campbell MW Sep 2004 Deeply Coloured Read More

Deeply coloured pinot noir with an almost jammy intensity and a strong tannic backbone that promotes longevity at a cost to early drinkability (tasted in late 2003). Leaner and firmer than the more opulent The Last Chance.

Two Paddocks 2014 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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JamesSuckling.com Dec 2016 95 Points Top 50 NZ Read More

The Top 50 New Zealand Wines of 2016 - There's a complex and more serious statement to this wine in terms of oak treatment with pretty clear mocha and spice influence. It's quite modern, opening up to red cherries, pomegranate and orange rind with a fresh array of sappy and leafy complexity below. The palate's slick, where really assertive tannins are nicely tamed and groomed into a linear, composed and powerful style. Plenty of red and dark cherries that head into plum territory as well. This has balance and impressive conviction. Best from 2019–2025+.  Nick Stock, Contributing Editor

Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines Dec 2016 The 2014 vintage is Read More

The 2014 vintage is the best yet. Grown in the company's vineyards at Bannockburn (49 per cent), Alexandra (32 per cent) and Gibbston (19 per cent), and matured in French oak casks, it is deep ruby, very fragrant and supple. A generous, savoury, complex red, it is intensely varietial, with strong, ripe cherry, plum and dried-herb flavours, finely structured and age-worthy. Best drinking 2017+

Olly Smith, The Mail on Sunday Nov 2016 Wine of the Week Read More

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Silky red conjured by actor and winemaker Sam Neill from a great Otago vintage is up there with the best Pinot.

Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Jun 2016 18.5 Points Read More

Full pinot noir ruby, in the top quarter for depth. Decant this wine, to reveal a good volume of red grading to black cherry pinot noir. It needs three more years in bottle, to develop the best side of its bouquet. Palate is already promising, potentially vibrant quite dark red cherry fruit with an undertone of black cherries, oaking beautifully judged. Palate is nearly velvety, pure cherry flavours, remarkable. This will be a gold medal wine in two years, the score here is anticipatory.  Cellar 5 – 15  years.   

Wine Spectator, 31 May 2016 May 2016 91 Points Read More

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Shows plenty of intensity and focus, with an appealing roasted savory overtone to the plush, ripe cherry and blackberry flavors.  Dried thyme, matcha tea and baking spice details emerge on the harmonious finish.  Drink now through 2026.

Decanter Magazine, Jan 2016 Jan 2016 95 Points / 18.5 / Read More

Complex, intense and complete -- a bouquet with personality boasting layers of light red fruits laced with spice and minerals. Fabulous palate, textured, ripe, finely tuned tannins and a lengthy finish

Bob Campbell MW, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Dec 2015 95 Points Read More

Two Paddock's flagship label is made from a blend of grapes from the vineyards in Alexandra and Gibbston. It's a bright, dense pinot rippling with energy and featuring cherry, raspberry, raspberry, mineral, floral/violet and spicy oak flavours.

NB: Two Paddocks notes that the 2014 is the first vintage to include 50% The Fusilier, Bannockburn.

Yvonne Lorkin, NZ Herald 14 November 2015 Nov 2015 Smooth & Sexily frag Read More

Two Paddocks founder Sam Neill had some advice for prospective vineyard owners at the 2013 pinot noir conference: "Since you are approaching middle age, there are two inevitable things in your future. First, you will acquire a ride-on mower. Second you will have an enlarged prostate. The mower is more fun that the prostate, so make sure you buy a good one." His latest pinot is definitely more "boy band" than middle-aged though. Foppish in attitude, smooth and sexily fragrant with sweet, dried herbs and spicy notes and sinewy complexity on the finish; it's an eager-to-please star.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Nov 2015 18.5 Points Read More

 

Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues.  The nose is powerfully concentrated and intense with aromas of black berry and black cherry fruit entwined with a complex amalgam of reductive mineral elements, funky stalk and stem whole cluster nuances, violet florals and cassis hints.  Medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly bound with vibrant and lively fruit flavours of black berries and black cherries, complexed by subtle whole cluster herb and stalk detail, cassis and violet florals.  The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin structure and the wine flows with good energy from ripe, integrated acidity.  This has excellent, firm linearity, unveiling complex reductive mineral notes as it carries to a very long, black cherry finish.  This is a tightly concentrated, sweet, black berry and cherry fruited Pinot Noir with subtle whole bunch and reductive complexities and a fine, grainy structure.  Match with lamb, beef and venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years.  Hand-picked fruit, 49% from ‘The Fusilier’ site, Bannockburn, 33% ‘Red Bank, Earnscleugh, Alexandra, and 18% ‘First Paddock’ Gibbston, given a cold soak and fermented with 25% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak.  

Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout NZ August 2015 Aug 2015 Read More

With fruit from Bannockburn, Earnscleugh and Gibbston sites the bouquet has a plenty to offer with old rose, raspberry, red cherry, hints of plum and strawberry; baking spices, a touch of vanilla and mild toasty oak influences. On the palate – dry, savoury, fruity and textured; flavours of red cherry and brown spice, hints of old rose and mild toasty oak; medium+ acidity, fine tannins and longish finish; balanced, well made, approachable now and cellar worthy through 2017.

Bob Campbell MW Aug 2015 95 Points Read More

Bright, dense and flavoursome Pinot Noir with cherry, raspberry, mineral, floral, violet and spicy oak flavours. High energy wine with impressive purity and length. Should age well.

Two Paddocks 2013 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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Jancis Robinson MW, The Financial Times Oct 2016 16 Points Read More

Fresh, sweet, glacé cherry fruit that's delightfully friendly, fresh and lively. Easy peasy to like and admire - until one tastes its smarter siblings. At the winery, the 2014 is the current release but this is still a charmer.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast Aug 2015 91 Points Read More

This supple, silky Pinot will win friends for the variety. Bold plum and cherry fruit is sappy and spicy, with ample weight in the mouth and a long mouthwatering finish.

James Suckling.com, Nick Stock – Contributing Edit May 2015 94 Points Read More

Intense bright purple cherry fruits, plums, lots and lots of strawberries and raspberries and some maraschino; there is such depth on the nose. The palate has beautifully soft and supple tannins that sit smooth and even. This is flavorsome, tidy and balanced.

Michael Cooper Apr 2015 Read More

The lovely 2013 vintage (5*) is the finest yet. Grown in the company's vineyards at Alexandra (84 per cent) and Gibbston (12 per cent), it was matured for 10 months in French oak casks (25 per cent new). Instantly attractive, it is sweet-fruited and youthful, with rich, vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity, and obvious potential. Savoury, supple and very harmonious, it should be at its best 2016+.

Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout NZ March 2015 Mar 2015 Read More

Bold 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.

 

 

 

 

Bob Campbell MW, BobsWineReviews Feb 2015 Gold 95 Points Read More

A blend of Gibbston and Earnscleugh/Alexandra grapes showing typical herby, savoury characters of these two cool Otago sub-regions but enveloped in lush plum/cherry fruit flavours. The net effect is very appealing - quite burgundy-like and a real pleasure to drink.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Oct 2014 18.5+ Points Read More

Very dark ruby-red. Youthfully primary and tight with dark red berry fruits lifted by floral perfumes. Unfolds complexing whole bunch notes. Beautifully succulent fruit, sweet and aromatic, with layers of floral and herb nuances. Finesse on palate with fine tannins. Exudes class.

Two Paddocks 2012 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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Cameron Douglas MS, Decanter Magazine Dec 2015 Nov 2015 95 Points Read More

Complex, intense and complete - a bouquet with personality boasting layers of light red fruits laced with spice and minerals. Fabulous palate, textured, ripe, finely tuned tannins and a lengthy finish.

Bob Campbell MW, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Jan 2015 96 Points Read More

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Attractive pinot noir from two Paddock’s own Earnscleugh vineyards with taut, restrained and linear red cherry, mineral and floral flavours. The wine has power but delivers it with subtlety. Terrific cellaring potential.

 

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate #216 Dec 2014 91 Points Read More

Pale to med ruby-purple in color, the 2012 Pinot Noir offers a beautiful nose of bright red cherries, crushed raspberries and lavender with hints of black pepper, fennel seed and damp earth. Light to medium-bodied with a good core of red berry and cherry in the mouth complimented by herbal accents and silky tannins, it finishes long with plenty of layers.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Jun 2014 18 Points Read More

Lighter purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is tight and brash, still needing time to come together, with fresh, herbal-nuanced red berry fruits, oak toast and a touch of reduction. Clearly with the componentry to show good things. Elegant and tightly bound on palate, the tannin grip and acid bite still apparent, but there is bright and sweet redberry fruit with clarity alongside some oak chariness. This has similar complexing detail and quality oak as in the single vineyard ‘Last Chance’ Pinot Noir. Give it another year to be delicious. 

 

 

Tyson Stelzer Jun 2014 94 Points Read More

Poised for a decade-long future, Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks has refined a good deal in recent years, arriving at a happy place of lifted allure of tangy, bright red berry/cherry fruits, long-lingering presence and impressive scaffolding of fine, firm tannins. Drink: 2017-2022

 

 

Huon Hooke May 2014 92 Points Read More

Medium to full red colour with a purple rim; the bouquet dominated by smoky sulfidic toasted-barrel characters. Attractive red cherry fruit beneath. An elegant medium-wieght pinot of refinement and length. Delicious wine, it’s not simple but is youthful and fresh. It’s not a try-hard, but as subtlety and length. Very good fruit, charm and drinkability.

 

 

Two Paddocks 2011 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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Mike Bennie, The Wine Front Jan 2014 90 Points Read More

High toned floral notes, citrus, red cherry and raspberry. Light and flighty perfume. Bright, flightly, frisky fruit character with a crunchiness of red currant and cranberry fruit and a lemony tang through the finish. Pretty smooth and even, cool and delicate, good fruit character, spice but touch distracting with tang through the finish. Still, plenty to like    Tasted : Oct-13
Drink : 2013 - 2023

 

 

Two Paddocks 2009 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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Cameron Douglas MS Nov 2016 92 Points Read More

Soft, fully integrated and harmonious bouquet with dark cherry and brown spices first, then a mix of secondary characters emerge with old rose and a touch of old wood spice. A lovely dry wine on the palate with flavours of cherry, cranberry and plum; fine tannins and medium acidity, plenty of toasty oak with dark spice layers. Drink now and through 2020.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate Asia #0511 May 2011 90+ Points Read More

Since their debut in 1999, Hollywood A-lister and oenophile Sam Neill and winemaker Dean Shaw have fashioned a very natural, almost leafy style of Pinot Noir from their Gibbston and Alexandra valley vineyards. The wines come across as far less ostentatious than their Central Otago peers and they tend to drink perfectly at 2 – 4 years of age.

 

Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines Jan 2011 Read More

The ruby hued 2009 (☆☆☆☆) is supple and savoury, with good richness and complexity. Scented, it’s a mouth filling wine with deep cherry and herb flavors, vibrantly fruity and flowing.

 

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Dec 2010 94 Points Read More

Fabulous aromas. The bouquet is deeply scented with savoury meat, mushroom, dark cherry and floral notes. The palate is beautifully weighted and refined with elegant texture and a gently expanding mouthfeel. Tannins are well pitched, providing a lovely firmness to this generous wine. At its best: now to 2017.

Bob Campbell MW, BobsWineReviews Sep 2010 89 Points Read More

A herbal edgy cooler climate style with nice floral and spice characters. Has energy and complexity. Stylish, supple wine with cellaring potential.

 

Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Sep 2010 16 Points Read More

Pinot noir ruby.  Bourgogne rouge is the best descriptor here, for though the wine is clearly pinot noir, it also includes an appealing measure of European complexity factors such as brett, often found in quaffing burgundies.  Palate is soft, round and very food friendly, showing red and black cherry fruit and older oak,  already nearly mellow.  Cellar 2 – 5 years.  (☆☆☆)

 

The Wine Advocate Sep 2010 90 Points Read More

The 2009 Pinot Noir presents a medium ruby – purple and intense black cherry, game, smoked meat, loam and black truffle notes. Crisp in the mouth with a medium level of finely grained tannins, this medium bodied Pinot has good concentration and a long savoury finish. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2015.

 

Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Sep 2010 Read More

Pinot noir ruby.  This is deceptive wine, totally demonstrating the benefit of decanting all wine, and particularly newly-bottled ones.  Freshly poured, there is an unconvincing black passionfruit skins aroma,  almost hinting at decay.  Yet breathed, the wine is transformed into a complex pinot noir with roses florals grading to boronia on red and black cherry fruit.  Palate shows elegant ripeness, subtle oaking,  and unusually complex cherry flavours in which a shadow of black passionfruit lingers,  now almost attractively.  A strange one, benefit of the doubt.  Cellar 3 – 8 years.

 

Two Paddocks 2008 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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Cameron Douglas MS Nov 2016 95 Points Read More

An elegant and soft bouquet with florals, red apple skin, light red fruits and mineral/soil undertones; plenty of integration underway as well as youthful vibrancy. Juicy, fresh, dry, fruity and elegant; fine tannins and medium+(ish) acidity, moderate oak tones, a balanced and elegant wine with a lengthy finish and loads of complexity and charm. Drink now and through 2022.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Mar 2013 93 Points Read More

This wine has age and beauty. The gorgeous bouquet shows complex aromas of cherry, plum, game and floral with a hint of truffle. It's succulent and silky on the palate with excellent mid palate weight, leading to a lengthy delicious finish. Smooth, rounded and very harmonious. At its best: now to 2015.

Wall Street Journal, Will Lyon Nov 2010 Silky and fine Read More

Most of the blind tasters placed this wine in Burgundy, which is certainly a credit to Sam Neill's wine-making team. We guessed correctly, first time, that it was from Central Otago. This may have been because we had a New Zealander on our team, but also the nose was ripe, with distinctive black cherry and spice aromas—an immediate giveaway. The wine is a blend from three vineyards: Gibbston, Alexandra and Redbank, and although some Central Otago Pinots can be a little too fruity for my taste, the palate here is quite silky and fine. Taking into account that Two Paddocks only began in 1993, when five acres of vineyards were planted, the future appears very promising indeed.

 

Sue Courtney, Wine of the Week Aug 2010 Beguiling Aroma Read More

Picnic by Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2008 showed a transparent ruby hue in the sunlight. A wine with savoury earthy aromas, concentrated black cherry fruit and a ripe vinous complexity, it has rich cherry fruit, smoke, herbs and raspberry sweetness to the savoury finish.  A medium-bodied style with stylish French oak in harmony and an elegant touch.

Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008 is deeper and darker in colour with a black cherry richness to the hue. The beguiling aroma of dark cherry fruit and smoky savoury oak leads into a concentrated beautifully structured wine with a silky seamless impression across the palate. Earthy and savoury with firm yet seductive tannins; black cherry and redcurrant fruit well up from within and a hint of chocolate emerges on the lingering finish.

Two Paddocks 2007 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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Cameron Douglas MS Nov 2016 93 Points Read More

A harmonious and integrated bouquet with a mix of primary darker red fruits and bottle development characters; cinnamon and cedarwood suggestions, quite complex overall.  These attributes are reflected on the palate with perhaps a little less primary fruit, but harmonious all the same, fine dusty tannins and medium acidity, lovely balance and length. Drink now and through 2020.

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Aug 2009 Darkly toasted Read More

There's a lot of darkly toasted, spicy oak dominating this wine at present, although undertones of sweet fruit, mineral and a taffeta finish manage to emerge, giving it some charm.

Definitely for those who enjoy oaky wines.

Neal Martin, erobertparker.com Aug 2009 89 Points Read More

The 2007 Pinot Noir is Two Paddock’s typical rustic take on Central Otago Pinot. An odd nose at first, almost soapy, but it comes together with further time in the glass. A little stemmy (as usual) but certainly with character. The palate is medium-bodied with touches of thyme lacing the red-berried fruit, showing a degree of elegance on the finish. Individual, but intriguing. I tasted Sam Neill’s wines both blind and at a well-organized public Central Otago tasting.

Stephen Tanzer's Wine Access Aug 2009 89 Points Read More

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2007 (89pts) (and its kinder!) Good medium red. Captivating aromas of red fruits, dried flowers, cinnamon and smoke. Sweet, suave and light on its feet, with lovely energy to the red berry and mineral flavors. A pure and refined pinot that finishes classically dry and with enticing peppery lift.

Wine NZ, Wine Issue 2009 Jun 2009 Excellent balance Read More

A note of coconut on the nose. Nice moderate weight. A lighter style with sweet blackberry fruit and spices. Integrated toasty oak with a note of bacon-fat. Excellent balance and finish.

Gourmet Traveller Wine, Nick Ryan Mar 2009 Impressive Wine Read More

Any cynicism that Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks venture may not be all that serious is dispelled the minute this wine unravels in the glass. A little Gibbston fruit is used to support the bounty of Neill’s Alexandra vineyard and the result is an impressive wine showing abundant dark skinned fruit, a fine herbal edge and gently gripping tannins.

Bob Campbell MW, Bob Campbell Wine Reviews Jul 2008 Read More

Attractive wine with finely focused fruit flavours and an ethereal texture. Elegant and charming Pinot Noir that's very accessible now. Red cherry and spicy oak are the dominant flavours.

 

Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wine Jul 2008 Read More

The 2007 vintage is full-coloured, rich and supple, with finely balanced cherry, plum and spice flavours, well-integrated oak, and a long finish. Floral, savoury and refined, its already drinking well.
 

Two Paddocks 2006 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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Times Online, Jane MacQuitty Jun 2008 Pure plummy Read More

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Actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks estate is as far from Hollywood as you can get, in New Zealand’s South Island. Central Otago’s potential to produce pinot noir to challenge Burgundy was obvious from the start, and Neill was one of the first to prove the point. This delivers the pure, plummy, silky, rose-scented fruit that impressed me so much initially.

 

The Telegraph, UK Robert Joseph Jun 2008 5/5 Read More

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Of the growing list of vineyard-owning celebrities, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Piano) stands apart in the personal commitment he has put into his Pinot Noir vines. This wine is a blend of three vineyards, and shows off intense flavours of plums and just-ripe red and black cherries, with some toasty oak. Very mouthwatering.

 

The Wine Advocate, Neal Martin May 2008 90 Points Read More

The 2006 Pinot Noir has the edge, quite complex on the earthy, leathery nose; the medium bodied palate inbued with good natural acidity, earthy elements and a light, savoury, grainy finish.

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Aug 2007 Read More

Two Paddocks has made three stylish pinots this year – the stylish, charming Two Paddocks First Paddock 2006 (4 Stars); the oaky textural Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir (31/2 Stars), but for drinking now, the Picnic has the charm of youth with lots of fruit nicely balanced with a hint of spice, and a good finish.

Wine NZ Magazine Jun 2007 Very dark Read More

Very dark. Very youthful but bold and assertive fruit with a swag of oak. Tannins are firm and solid. Has the concentration and depth of flavor to develop over  time.

Two Paddocks 2005 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

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Gourmet Traveller Wine, Bob Campbell Jul 2007 88 Points Read More

Top Twelve New Zealand Pinot Noir

A blend of grapes from not two but three paddocks in three distinctly different areas of Central Otago: Gibbston, Earnscleugh and Alexandra. This is an unusual wine that's deceptively delicate but demonstrates considerable power with an extraordinarily long finish. Quite complex with an array of red and black fruit together with Central Otago's hallmark wild thyme character. Production is small 700 cases.

Wine Access, Steve Tanzer Jul 2007 89+ Points Read More

Good medium red. Subtle aromas of blackberry, redcurrant, mocha, spices and herbs. Juicy, intense and tightly wound, with a peppery/saline quality to the savory core of dark berry, spice and smoked meat flavors. Nice floral lift to the firmly structured, persistent finish. Tannins are suave.

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Jun 2007 Stylish Wine Read More

In '05 Two Paddocks has produced this stylish wine, a blend from Last Chance at Alexandra, Redbank at Earnscleugh and First Paddock at Gibbston.

The result is a powerful yet charming, stylish wine with an exciting edge. There is all the cherry and cherryplum fruit you expect from Central, backed with lots of spicy toasty oak with suggestions of coffee and chocolate, and a long crisp finish.

 

Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Apr 2007 17.5 Points Read More

[screwcap; up to 10 days cold-soak; up to 14 days cuvaison; 11 months in French oak 30% new; due to small crops, there are no individual vineyard wines in 2005, just this one label.]

Pinot noir ruby, older than some '05s. Alongside the Cloudy Bay, bouquet on the Two Paddocks is slightly more complex and French in style, but less floral. Palate is no richer, but it is a little riper in its tannins, which coupled with brett at an absolute threshold level, gives it lovely savoury depth. This will be great with food, and will mature gracefully in cellar for 5 – 8 years

Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wine Jan 2007 Read More

The excellent 2005 vintage (4 stars) is from a very low yielding season in which the fruit from the company's vineyards at Gibbston, Earnscleugh and Alexandra was blended into this regional red. Fermented with indigionous yeasts and fermented for ten months in French oak barriques (25% new), it is a stylish wine, deeply coloured and youthful,  with concentrated cherry and spice flavours showing good complexity, and moderately firm tannins.

Two Paddocks 2001 Neill Pinot Noir

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The (London) Sunday Times, Style Section Oct 2003 Seductive cherry Read More

By Joanna Simon

Seductive cherry, plum and rose-scented wine from the actor Sam Neill's vineyards. 

Jancis Robinson Sep 2003 Exciting - Wine of t Read More

Wine of the Week: Two Paddocks 2001 Neill Pinot Noir Central Otago

Exciting...I liked the wine because it has what strikes me as true Pinot flavours (no jam, no cough medicine, no beetroot). It's delicate rather than light with only the lightest vegetal note and real grace. To be drunk now rather than cellared, I think - even chilled as a late summer/early spring drink (depending on your hemisphere and local weather).

 

The Observer Magazine, Tim Atkins Sep 2003 Complex Read More

 After two rather disappointing vintages, actor Sam Neill's Kiwi Pinot Noir found its mark in 2001, delivering a complex, savoury, beguiling red with soft tannins, gamey fruit flavours, sweet oak and a hum of acidity.

[Proprietor's Note: We don't know what Tim could mean by the disappointing previous vintages, but he's spot on about the 2001!]  

 

The Press, Danny Schuster Aug 2003 Elegant Read More

Well coloured, complex/aromatic bouquet of ripe red berry fruits with hints of gamey spice and toasty oak. Elegant structure with rich texture of flavour, fine grain tannins, and impressive length. A top example of Otago's vibrant fruit and freshness of style, it has finesse rather than raw power. I liked it a lot - should make great bottles in two to three years.

 

The New Zealand Listener, Keith Stewart Jul 2003 Sex in a glass Read More

SEX IN A GLASS -- Smells alluring, slightly racy and earthy but lush with fruit, and it tastes similar, with a slightly feral wildness laced with cherries and dabs of beetroot, a splash of spice: tasty and bright. Certainly virile, with a warm, almost cuddly tone, but is it sexy? Absolutely, if only for its silky texture, which makes your voice go husky when its mingled with such earthy flavour tones. What happens next is up to you.    PRICE : $42., AVAILABLE: momentarily

 

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Jul 2003 Read More

From Sam Neill's vineyards at Gibbston and Alexandra, shows just how delicious and charming good Central Otago pinot noir can be with that extra year's bottle age. Sam Neill plans to release his wines when they are ready to drink, according to marketing manager Ruth Elliott. This is powerful and harmonious with layers of flavours - velvety sweet fruit, spicy oak, smoky, gamey, savoury overtones and an attractive, crisp texture. Although it's delicious now, it will develop further over the next year or two.

Hawkes Bay Today, Graeme Barrow May 2003 Silky and seamless Read More

Central Otago wine with a bouquet which is fragrant and spicy with suggestions of straw. Silky and seamless on the palate, with cherry and berry flavours light oak and very light tannine. Tasty, easy drinking wine for now and the next few years.

News of the World, Jilly Gooldsen Apr 2003 Brilliant stuff Read More

Sam started out making wine for his family -- now his Pinot Noir red as taken off. Popular both Down Under and in the US.

Jilly's verdict: This is a rich man's folly. Brilliant stuff, I absolutely love it. It's got a gorgeous nose, a piercing berry fruit with a little simmering compost. A bouncy, jazzy wine, with a touch of vibrancy to it. It's understated -- Sam's name doesn't even appear on the label.

Two Paddocks 2000 Neill Pinot Noir

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The Penguin New Zealand Wine Guide 2003, Vic Willi Feb 2003 Read More

Only 155 cases of this pinot were produced, which makes it pretty hard to find. Actor and Central Otago enthusiast Sam Neill owns the vineyard, Steve Moffit tends the vines and Dean Shaw makes the wine. They form a pretty formidable team.

Current Release 2000 There's an earthy, rustic note on the nose that rather appeals to the peasant in me, but the overriding impression is of good, sweet fruit. It's smartly balanced, with rich flavours suggestive of cherries and plums and a spicy, sweet-edged finish. It makes a great partner for pink cooked roast lamb, spiked with rosemary and garlic before it hits the oven.

Quality: 4 ½ Glasses--Excellent wine that will taste every bit as good as a five-glass model in all but the most analytical of circumstances

Value: 3 ½ Stars --Good value wine selling for a fraction less than it's quality merits.

 

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Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Apr 2002 Read More

At present is almost overwhelmingly perfumed and fruity, with vibrant cherry, raspberry and plum flavours, but behind the fruit, some serious, savoury complexity is developing. It's not quite together yet but may well develop into a totally charming wine as the 1999 has done.

 

Two Paddocks 1998 Neill Pinot Noir

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Bob Campbell, Cuisine June/July 2000 Best of the Jun 2000 89 Points Read More

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BEST OF THE BUNCH
By Bob Campbell
June/July 2000

$32 -- Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.

Sweet plum and cherry flavours with a beguiling silken texture. Very attractive Pinot Noir. Deliciously drinkable.

Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times Apr 2000 TBC Read More

12 April 2000, Otago Daily Times
GOOD PINOT NOIR AT A PALATABLE PRICE
By Charmian Smith

Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile red wines. At its best, charming with an underlying strength and hinting of cherries and mushrooms, it goes well with a huge range of food. However, fine Pinot Noir has always been expensive and often been over priced. Now, as new plantings come on stream, more reasonably priced bottles are emerging on the shelves. ...

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 1998

(about $32) is the second vintage from Sam Neill's vineyards, and still in very short supply. As more vines come into production, larger quantities should be available from 1999 on. This shows typically Central Otago cherry-plum fruit with a hint of sappiness, but also concentration, length and a fine texture. It developed more charm with being open a day, indicating it will develop with bottle age--something Neill has often said about Central Otago Pinot. ***½ .

Peter Saunders, Saunders on Wine Mar 2000 Lots of flavour Read More

Light-textured wine but lots of flavour with some racy Otago acid which will give the wine some life. Feels young but opened up well in the glass. Best with two more years.

John Saker / Capital Times, Winepress Dec 1999 1999Wine of the Week Read More

This little beauty (s/available last time looked) at Bono Street Wine and Liquor for $32 - for some reason cheaper than the 97 vintage of the same wine. It's a well organized Otago pinot: with elegant berry fruit flavours and a nice acidic edge.

Two Paddocks 1997 Neill Pinot Noir

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Bob Campbell, Cuisine, Issue 70 Sep 1998 90 Points Read More

BEST OF THE BUNCH

$28 -- Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.

First release from a brand new Central Otago winery owned by actor Sam Neill. Strong cherry and plum flavours with savory, gamy influence that adds greater complexity and interest. The wine has good richness, impressive concentration and a silken texture. Available in limited quantities.

New Zealand Listener, Keith Stewart Aug 1998 One of the best wine Read More

A sweet red noseful, fruit fresh and just a touch scatological. The taste is all enthusiasm, bright-eyed, slender body studded with red fruit flavours and the more mellow, complex tones of horse shit, or is it cow shit. With the supple tension of good pinot noir, Otago's typical fruit zip and well-measured winemaking, this is already one of the best wines yet from the deep south. The only problems is that there is so little of it. 

Two Paddocks 2014 Two Paddocks Riesling

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Jancis Robinson MW, The Financial Times Oct 2016 16.5 Points Read More

I'd happily make this my house white.

Really great balance in this dry-but-not-bone-dry (RS 6g/l) Riesling grown on Sam Neill's home farm.  Their only white wine and just 150 cases made.  pH 3.04! Admirable varietal character.  I'd happily make this my house white.

Yvonne Lorkin Jan 2016 Read More

Jan 19, 2016, Yvonne Lorkin

4.5-Stars -- How winemaker Dean Shaw manages to stuff the equivalent of an entire citrus orchard into a 750ml bottle is beyond me, but if you're a fan of anything resembling a crunchy-crisp, lime and apple smash up, that also manages to be stylish and elegantly put together, then this has your name on it. Crafted from fruit grown in their Redbank vineyard in Earnscleugh, Central Otago, this delicious riesling has intense concentration, tautness and a hint of spice on the finish. Superb with sweet & sour fish slathered in fresh chilli and coriander.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Nov 2015 17.5+ Points Read More

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, pale edged.  This has a soft and gently full nose of ripe yellow florals and lime fruit with delicate apricot and exotic tropical fruit notes akin to botrytis..  Honey and sherbet elements add to the exotic interest.  Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the fruit is exotic with yellow florals, tropical fruits and honied notes.  The wine is soft and has a luscious mouthfeel, with a rounded, finely textured core.  The palate is balanced by crisp, lacy, underlying acidity, which enhances the line and flow.  The flavours blossom from the rich core and carry to a long, lingering finish of florals and honeysuckle. This is an exotic Riesling with yellow florals, honey and marmalade notes, along with a strong core and fresh acidity.  Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years.  Fruit from 0.5 ha of the ‘Red Bank’ vineyard, hand-picked and stainless-steel fermented with a small portion in seasoned oak to 13.0% alc. and 6 g/L RS, TA 9.0 g/L and pH 3.04.  150 cases made. 

Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout NZ August 2015 Aug 2015 Read More

Wild honey and white floral, fresh and baked apple, quince and lemon – a bouquet filled with a sense of place and personality. On the palate – dry, wild and full of energy – the quince and lemon combination stand out with apple to follow; high acidity, crisp and generous – a really worthwhile aperitif style.

Bob Campbell MW, BobsWineReviews Feb 2015 90 Points Read More

More concentrated and with more weight than the highly drinkable Picnic Riesling in a similar off/dry style and with mineral, lime and wild flower flavours. Attractive wine that can be enjoyed now but should become even more interesting with bottle age.

Two Paddocks 2013 Two Paddocks Riesling

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Cameron Douglas MS Jan 2015 Read More

Sweet mandarin and lime flower, iced peach tea and lemon aromas – quite complex with a particular mineral note. On the palate – dry with vibrant acidity with flavours of lime and lemon, crisp green apple and thyme laced elderflower – very cool! Light weight with medium length and a sweet note on the finish.

 

Two Paddocks 2012 Two Paddocks Riesling

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Mike Bennie, The Wine Front Jan 2014 94 Points Read More

Light, frisky, fine perfume of citrus, green apple, floral things - zing! Bright and frisky entry to the wine. Tightly wound and laser-like across the palate, very long in flavour, intense and coiled. Super fine, needle-like thrust of zingy, lightly chalky textured wine. Really inward. Very good.    Tasted : Oct-13   Drink : 2013 - 2017

 

 

The Picnic Wines 2013 Picnic Pinot Noir

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James Suckling.com, Nick Stock – Contributing Edit May 2015 91 - 92 Points Read More

This has a wealth of bright cherry and pomegranate fruit and is really vibrant, primary, energetic and full of life. The palate has strawberry, raspberry and plum compote flavours; light, easy tannins; and a neat, chiseled finish. Drink now.

The Picnic Wines 2012 Picnic Pinot Noir

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Gary Walsh, The Wine Front Jan 2014 90 Points Read More

Some char, pepper and red fruit, vanilla, sweet red berries, medium bodied, light of touch and pretty squishy strawberry acidity. Pleasing to drink.
Tasted : Oct-13   Drink : 2013 - 2017

 

 

The Picnic Wines 2009 Picnic Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines Jan 2011 Read More

A Central Otago regional blend, the 2009 vintage ( ***) tastes like a second tier Two Paddocks Pinot Noir, rather than a sort of picnic Beaujolais. Matured in French oak barrels (25% new), it is full ruby, with strong plum, herb and spice flavours, showing some savoury complexity, and fairly firm tannins.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Dec 2010 88 Points Read More

It's ripe and lifted on the nose displaying red/black cherry, dried herb and game characters. The palate is lively and well fruited with a juicy mouthfeel and fine tannins. A well balanced and very satisfying Pinot. At its best: now to 2013.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate #191 Oct 2010 87 Points Read More

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2009 Picnic Pinot Noir has aromas of black cherries, warm raspberry, cinnamon and cloves. Medium bodied and structured with a low to medium level of silky tannins and a refreshingly high level of acidity, there plenty of juicy fleshing the middle and lingering long into the finish. Drink it now to 2014.

 

Bob Campbell MW Sep 2010 87 Points Read More

Light dry wine with subtle cherry flavours supported by fine and drying tannins. A bit short but is solidly varietal and offers reasonable value.

 

The Picnic Wines 2008 Picnic Pinot Noir

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Jane Parkinson Jan 2012 90 Points Read More

Yes, yes, I know, the name suggests spring/summer rather than dark winter evening drinking (as does the very summer photo!). But then this wine is so vibrant, delicious and versatile that I’d be happy having it any time of the year. Dense and juicy – it’s like that gorgeous waft of fruit you get when you take the top off a blender after making a red berry smoothie. Bursting with life, fresh and crisp but also generous and round on the palate. A great example of a NZ Pinot Noir, and yikes, this isn’t cheap it’s true, but there’s enough going on to make it worth that extra price. 

 

Gismondi on Wine Dec 2010 89 Points Read More

A blend of fruit from all the Two Paddock’s vineyards and other parts of Central Otago. The nose is spicy with bits of carrot top and black cherry fruit. On the palate it is smooth and sleek with spicy, savoury black cherry fruit character. Impressive styling and weight for the price. Perfect with most fowl dishes.

 

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Mar 2010 Read More

One of the better "cheaper'' labels from Central, this has savoury undertones, earthy suggestions of bush tracks, and ripe fruit hinting of plums and cherries. Simple but very drinkable. Good value.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Oct 2009 84 Points Read More

It's earthy and savoury on the nose displaying game, spice and dark plum characters. The medium-bodied palate is well fruited showing soft texture, bright acidity and a gently drying finish. At its best: now to 2011.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Oct 2009 84 Points Read More

It's earthy and savoury on the nose displaying game, spice and dark plum characters. The medium-bodied palate is well fruited showing soft texture, bright acidity and a gently drying finish. At its best: now to 2011.

The Picnic Wines 2007 Picnic Pinot Noir

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Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Feb 2009 Read More

From actor Sam Neill’s vineyards, this easy wine hints of dark cherries and fresh field mushrooms with a suggestion of spicy oak. A bright, nicely balanced, textural wine.

 

Winestate Oct 2008 Read More

A Central Otago regional blend, this is an attractive drink young style with deep, youthful colour and a lifted, aromatic, spicy bouquet. The palate is fresh and ripe, with very satisfying depth of cherry, plum, and spice flavours, a touch of complexity and a smooth finish.
 

Bob Campbell MW, Bob Campbel Wine Reviews Jul 2008 Read More

Ripe crushed strawberry and red cherry flavours with a silken texture. Appealing entry level Pinot Noir that has a little more weight and complexity than many at this price. Bone dry without the sometimes annoying sweetness that can be a feature of less expensive Pinot Noir.

 

Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wine Jul 2008 Read More

The 2007 vintage is an attractive drink-young style, … deeply coloured, with a lifted, aromatic, spicy bouquet, it is fresh and ripe, with very satisfying depth of cherry, plum and spice flavours, a touch of complexity and a smooth finish. 
 

The Picnic Wines 2006 Picnic Pinot Noir

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Gournet Traveller WINE, Nick Stock Mar 2008 Value and Style Read More

From the South Island’s pinot haven, Central Otago, the 2006 Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir is hard to pass up for value and style, showing plenty of lifted fragrance and bright pinot characters. It shines on the palate with ripe cherry fruit and neatly proportioned tannins that drive even and long, brightened by acidity and lifting through the finish.

National Post, Canada Margaret Swaine Feb 2008 Easy to enjoy Read More

A Central Otago charmer that’s easy to enjoy, this could be served slightly chilled to emphasize the freshness. It does have structure and silky tannins, but really it’s all about soft ripe red berries with a hint of spice and funk. It’s perfect with grilled veal chop or pork tenderloin.

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Aug 2007 Charm of youth Read More

Two Paddocks has made three stylish pinots this year – the stylish, charming Two Paddocks First Paddock 2006 (4 Stars); the oaky textural Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir (31/2 Stars), but for drinking now, the Picnic has the charm of youth with lots of fruit nicely balanced with a hint of spice, and a good finish.

Wine NZ Magazine Jun 2007 Deep colour Read More

Deep colour, showing some early development. Funky notes on the nose.  Palate is of moderate intensity with some depth and rather firm tannins.

The Picnic Wines 2005 Picnic Pinot Noir

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Wine Access, Steve Tanzer Jul 2007 88 Points Read More

Good medium red. Raspberry, strawberry and woodsmoke on the nose. Sweet, supple and mellow, with herb-tinged berry flavors. Finishes with good sappy lift. The wine's soft tannins won't get in the way of enjoying this gently styled pinot right now. In fact, I'd drink this less expensive release now and give the regular estate blend a year or two of bottle aging.

Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Apr 2007 17 Points Read More

Ruby, minutely deeper than the 2004 Last Chance. Bouquet is sweetly floral, in a buddleia style, with mixed red and black cherry fruit, seemingly more alcohol than the given 13%. Palate is softer, riper, less oaked and more easy-going than the more serious wine, but with lovely pinot flavours bespeaking a riper year than the 2004 examples. It is almost as if there were 3 g/L residual sugar to soften it. This is attractive ‘picnic’ pinot. Cellar 3 – 6 years.

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Feb 2007 Lively wine Read More

I always enjoy this simple, easy drinking wine from Sam Neill's vineyards. Compared with the more complex, minerally elegance of The Last Chance Pinot Noir (3 1/2 stars), the Picnic is a lively wine that dances on the tongue and has an intriguing spicy, slightly gamy character with an underlying edginess.

 

Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wine Jan 2007 Read More

A drink young style, the 2005 vintage (3 stars), is blend of Marlborough and Central Otago grapes. Its a full coloured wine, flavoursome and supple, with plummy, herbal, spicy characters, and enough tannin to be interesting. A "pretty" wine with some substance that's ready to roll.

The Picnic Wines 2004 Picnic Pinot Noir

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Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, Nick Stock Jul 2007 Light hearted Read More

...producing a growing number of lower priced, accessible New Zealand pinots. The best of these are world beating wines with appeal and verve, often a blend of vineyards assembled into a generic regional statement with a name that suggests drinking, not thinking.

Down Otago way there are several good renditions too. 2004 Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir is as light hearted as its name suggests, with simple musky aromas and fragrant red fruit. The palate is sherbet-like with dried herbs, easygoing tannins and good overall balance.

The Picnic Wines 2003 Picnic Pinot Noir

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Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews Apr 2005 17 Points Read More

Elegant pinot noir ruby. This is simply lovely pure light pinot, some florals, clear cherries, pleasing and fragrant. Palate is pro rata, not as concentrated as the more serious wines, red fruits dominant, but the alcohol (if correct) showing how easily the flavours of physiological maturity are achieved in a good year in Otago's continental climate. If this were priced close to the other Picnic Series wines, it would be a great introduction to the variety. Cellar 3 – 5 years.

The Picnic Wines 2015 Picnic Riesling

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Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines Dec 2016 Read More

Estate-grown in the Red Banks Vineyard, at Earnscleugh, near Alexandra, the 2015 vintage is an off-dry style. Lemon-scented, it is a medium-bodied, citrusy, appley wine, fresh, finely balanced and full-flavoured

The Picnic Wines 2013 Picnic Riesling

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The Sunday Business Post, Ireland, Tomás Clancy Jul 2015 Startlingly Good Read More

This is a well-made Riesling with fine linear mouthfeel, lovely austere mineral tones and a touch of honey and light linoleum notes.  Only 600 cases were made of this, the more casual Riesling in Neill’s stable, but it is startlingly good – and, given the meticulous and tiny production, incredibly fairly priced.

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front Jan 2014 89 Points Read More

Slate-like minerality over citrus fruit and appley notes. Serious kind of entry to the wine. Slippery sweetness through the wine with light tang of grapefruity acidity. Sweetness drives the wine and becomes focus, not met with enough acidity to give power and drive, but there's high refreshment factor here and delicacy is a forte. Pretty good.
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The Picnic Wines 2011 Picnic Riesling

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Country Life, Siobhán Gillespie of Haynes Hanson & Jan 2013 Gloriously fragrant Read More

This flavour-packed dish cries out for an energetic, aromatic white wine -- one with intensity and zip. From New Zealand's Central Otago, Picnic Riesling 2011 from Two Paddocks is a gloriously fragrant wine, and is what I'd be pouring when preparing, and then devouring, a bowl of succulent mussels. Its crisp acidity and zesty lime character will cut through the rich, creamy sauce, and its hit of sweetness will set off the sweet mussel and salty bacon flavours.