Featuring the Proprietor’s Grandfather, Sydney Neill – Wine Merchant, on the label, Picnic Riesling is our perennial favourite and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Riesling. We think it is just as much a dinner wine as a luncheon – equally enjoyable at home outdoors, as at the Captain’s Table. Organically grown on two small blocks at Two Paddocks home vineyard (HQ), The Red Bank Farm & Vineyard, in Earnscleugh Alexandra. Hand harvested and crafted in to a delicious off-dry fresh style appealing to just about everyone on the planet…
The Two Paddocks 2019 vintage experienced above average rainfall over the Winter and early Spring, meaning soil water remained at luxury levels for vines over the entire growing season. The Summer heat did accumulate though and shoots grew with ease without any destructive winds. Accurate leaf removal and crop thinning meant the vines had a balanced crop load and the fruit was very clean. A noticeable benefit was the lack of wind damaged shoots and leaves which really increases the vines ability to produce energy late into the season.
Own roots – cane cuttings from Felton Road. Single cane, one bunch per shoot and very close planted at 5500 vines per hectare. Both shoot and lateral thinned to reduce crop load. Leaves that expose the grapes when ripening are also plucked off to increase sunlight exposure in to the vine canopy. Hand harvested.
Lime, white peach and citrus aromatics bounce out of the glass followed by an elegant minerally derived schist laden Alexandra style Riesling showing freshness, drive and poise.
Vegan Friendly, 100% whole bunch pressed, indigenous yeast fermentation.
|Award / Reviewer||Date||Rating||Review|
|Bob Campbell MW||Feb 2022||90 Points|
"Fresh, youthful, crisp, off-dry riesling with crisp, bright citrus-lime, oyster shell and floral flavours supported by a line of steely acidity."
|Sam Kim, Wine Orbit||Nov 2021||94 points|
"It’s delicately lifted on the nose showing apricot, lemon peel and crunchy apple notes with a hint of savoury nuance. The palate displays finely textured mouthfeel together with subtle sweetness and bright acidity, finishing wonderfully long and linear. Style: Off-dry. Certified organic. At its best: now to 2031."
|New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide||Oct 2021|
"Certified organic, the 2019 vintage (4*) was estate-grown and hand-harvested in the Red Bank Vineyard, at Earnscleugh, near Alexandra. Made in an off-dry style (10-12 grams/litre of residual sugar), it is a light lemon/green, scented wine, medium-bodied, with plenty of citrusy, slightly appley flavour, crisp acidity, and lots of current-drinking appeal. Still youthful, it should also reward cellaring."