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2017 The Fusilier 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 sites 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 Fusilier Vineyard is named in honor of Sam’s father, Major Dermot Neill, a soldier in the Royal Irish Fusilier Regiment for twenty years before returning home to Dunedin, New Zealand, where he ran the family Wine & Spirit business, Neill & Co. Planted entirely in 2000, The Fusilier is 5.6 hectares of pinot noir, on rolling northerly facing terraces at the western end of Felton Rd and bordered by the vineyard of the same name. Soils on the terraces consist of deep alluvial fans, which are made up of varying depths of silt, sand and gravel layering all derived from mountainous raw schist parent material.

Tasting Notes

Fusilier Pinot Noir 2017 resized

$85.00

Reviews

Award / Reviewer Date Rating Review
Peter Bourne / Qantas Inflight Magazine Oct 2019 Skilfully crafted

Actor Sam Neill needs no introduction but his film-star status only adds to the acclaim of his Two Paddocks wines, which are skilfully crafted by Dean Shaw.

The Fusilier comes from Neill's Bannockburn vineyard, with juicy red and black fruits at its heart and a taut framework of lithe, well-focused tannins.

Perfect with lamb cutlets and redcurrant jelly.

Huon Hooke Jan 2019 97

Deep red colour with a good purple tint; the bouquet powerful with lots of stemmy whole-bunch character (they use up to 50% for the single vineyard wines). The palate is very deep and fleshy, strongly constructed, plush-textured and powerful. A very striking pinot noir.

JamesSuckling.com Nick Stock Contributing Editor Oct 2018 96 Points

Very complex, complete and convincing Bannockburn pinot that delivers a fascinating array of pure red cherries, sappy and spicy complexity and a beautifully arranged palate that has long, fleshy and silky fruit presence. Exceptional pinot. Drink now.