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2017 The Last Chance Pinot Noir

About the wine

The most Southern vineyard in the Antipodes.


 “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 Last Chance is a beautifully sited two-hectare terrace perched in bright clear air above the Earnscleugh Valley, carefully planted with well-tended Burgundian clone pinot noir. It nestles amongst a small cluster of the World’s most southerly vineyards and takes its name from the watercourse that runs through its heart, hand dug by gold miners in the 1860s, The Last Chance.

Tasting Notes

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Award / Reviewer Date Rating Review
Wine Spectator, MaryAnn Worobiec Sep 2020 90 Points

Strawberry, rhubarb, blood orange and cherry flavors are fresh and juicy, with details of tobacco, sandalwood and toasted cumin showing plenty of harmony. The tannins are rustic and firm, providing traction on the finish.

Wine Enthusiast - Editors’ Choice May 2020 94 points

TWO PADDOCKS The Last Chance 2017 – 94 points (Editors’ Choice)
“Actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks label is on a steep upward trajectory: Vine age, impeccable farming and a dream team inside and out of the winery are paying off. This premium Pinot is an intensely spicy, perfumed drop. It’s hard not to fall under its spell. Like Christmas distilled, it’s a heady hodgepodge of red currants and preserved cherries marinated in bitter herbs and spices—licorice root, cloves, cinnamon bark and vanilla pod—derived from the fruit and stalks, not from oak. Chalky tannins curl around the tongue, the juicy, prickly fruit trickles through the cracks. Powerfully structured yet utterly drinkable, this would perch happily beside charcuterie or a mushroom truffle risotto.”

Gourmet Traveller Wine by Bob Campbell May 2020 95 points

The Last Chance vineyard was planted in Earnscleugh near Alexandra in 1998. Elegant, vibrant and moderately concentrated wine with cherry, plum, thyme, spice, anise, subtle floral, saline and mineral flavours.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Dec 2019 96 points

Immensely complex and engaging, this stunning pinot shows dark berry, warm spice, earthy mushroom, dried herb and toasted nut aromas on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate that displays outstanding depth and refinement. It’s silky, polished and impressively persistent. At its best: 2021 to 2029. $85.00. Dec 2019. Nick Stock Contributing Editor Oct 2018 96 Points

Aromas of boysenberries, blueberries and red cherries make for an immediately attractive pinot with some gently earthy notes and fresh violets. The palate has a supremely elegant, polished feel with a plush and elegant texture. Pinot at its seductive best. Drink or hold.