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2017 The First Paddock Pinot Noir

About the wine

 “We grow our premium Two Paddocks Pinot Noir entirely on our four small Vineyards in Central Otago. In some exceptional vintages, listening carefully, we realize that one of these may have something extraordinary to say in its own right. It is only then that we will make one of these very rare single vineyard wines.” Sam Neill, Proprietor


The First Paddock is our original much loved Two Paddocks vineyard. Planted in 1993, it is now one of the older blocks in Central Otago. Superbly situated in the midst of upper Gibbston, planted in carefully selected Burgundian clone pinot noir vines and meticulously tended. This is a thoughtfully crafted expression of our foundation site.

Tasting Notes

First Paddock Pinot Noir 2017 resized



Award / Reviewer Date Rating Review
Wine Enthusiast May 2020 94 point

TWO PADDOCKS The First Paddock Pinot Noir 2017 – 94 points
“From one of the original vineyards on the property (planted 1993), as the name suggests, this bottling needs some swirling in the glass or time in a decanter. But like a locked box, once the lid is open, treasures await. And they’re all highly reflective of place. Rhubarb and cherry notes swirl with baking spice, dried flowers and an earthy, mushroom note, morphing over time into a fruitier, more vanilla toned beauty. Silky texture, crystalline acidity and juicy fruit are wrapped in a swaddle of spicy, structured tannins. There’s oak influence, too, but it should melt seamlessly into the wine with a few more years in bottle.”

Wine Spectator, Maryann Worobiec Nov 2019 91 Points

Smoke, herb and cigar box aromas are heady and appealing as they mingle with firm cranberry and strawberry flavours at the core.  Shows good structure, with firm tannins and an appealing thread of acidity weaving in and out. Drink now through to 2033. Nick Stock Contributing Editor Oct 2018 96 Points

Super lively nose with a signature layer of wild flowers and herbs, ahead of fresh, spicy red-cherry and raspberry aromas. The palate delivers a velvety array of fine red cherries, set in a smooth, seamless and long style that marries concentration and elegance. This is great pinot. Drink or hold.