The inaugural Pinot Noir Rosé for Two Paddocks - a dabble in the pink. Deliberately selected and grown for Rosé production from estate grown pinot noir vines using organic farming principles at Two Paddocks, The Last Chance Vineyard, Alexandra, Central Otago.
Hand harvested in March 2018 from the Gate Block at Last Chance Vineyard – one of, if not the most, Southern vineyard in the world. Clone 6, which we believe offers the most fruit and elegance for the style that we desire. De-stemmed at the winery and then the juice was given five days with the pigment imbuing pinot skins so that only the most delicate blush pink was extracted. Then the juice was fermented to just about bone dry and bottled early to retain all the berry fruit freshness. Only for sale in New Zealand and only via The Private Paddock Wine Club and the Two Paddocks e-shop.
Two Paddocks 2018 harvest will be remembered as the earliest picking date on record. A warm spring that quickly turned in to a hot summer with much warmer night time temperatures than are typically experienced in Alexandra. Ideal conditions over flowering, which was a month early, began on the 20th November. Again, perfect growing conditions meant veraison also began a month early on the 20th January and then the extreme heat and dry finished abruptly on the 1st February. Cooler temperatures over February / March thankfully slowed ripening down and intensified flavour development, but harvest still began nearly a month earlier than typical on the 14th March and was over by the 11th April.
Winemakers Tasting Notes:
Bright redcurrant, raspberry and strawberry aromatics leads to an elegant silky mouthfeel showing great poise and drive. The wine finishes dry with a long lingering finish.
Proprietor: Sam Neill Viticulturist: Mike Wing Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: September 2018 Total Production: 160 cases Cellaring: 2018 -2023
pH: 3.40 TA: 6.5 g/l Alc: 12.5% R/S: 1.0 g/l
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