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2000 Neill Pinot Noir

About the wine

Foundation Wine

"The gorse flower, beauty in adversity. For Priscilla B. Neill, 1914 - 1999"

Tasting Notes

The nose shows dried herbs, blackberry, blackcurrent and warm stone fruit characteristics. The palate includes smoky dark chocolate and plum flavours. The wine is of good intensity, large extract and has a firm long finish at end.

Vintage and Harvest Notes:

An early season was halted in its tracks by the return of La Niña which brought more east and southeastern influences on the weather, making it wetter and cooler than normal. The rest of the season was slightly warmer than usual. As a result, this very rare wine shows excellent Pinot Noir characteristics. However, because of the unusually cool spring, the yield was disappointingly small -- only 265 cases.


We produced a very small quantity of this wine and therefore made it available for distribution in New Zealand only.

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Award / Reviewer Date Rating Review
The Penguin New Zealand Wine Guide 2003, Vic Willi Feb 2003

Only 155 cases of this pinot were produced, which makes it pretty hard to find. Actor and Central Otago enthusiast Sam Neill owns the vineyard, Steve Moffit tends the vines and Dean Shaw makes the wine. They form a pretty formidable team.

Current Release 2000 There's an earthy, rustic note on the nose that rather appeals to the peasant in me, but the overriding impression is of good, sweet fruit. It's smartly balanced, with rich flavours suggestive of cherries and plums and a spicy, sweet-edged finish. It makes a great partner for pink cooked roast lamb, spiked with rosemary and garlic before it hits the oven.

Quality: 4 ½ Glasses--Excellent wine that will taste every bit as good as a five-glass model in all but the most analytical of circumstances

Value: 3 ½ Stars --Good value wine selling for a fraction less than it's quality merits.


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Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Apr 2002

At present is almost overwhelmingly perfumed and fruity, with vibrant cherry, raspberry and plum flavours, but behind the fruit, some serious, savoury complexity is developing. It's not quite together yet but may well develop into a totally charming wine as the 1999 has done.