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2006 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

About the wine

Premium Pinot Noir

A blend made from our three vineyards – Gibbston, Alexandra, and Redbank at Earnscleugh, this wine is a quintessential cool climate Pinot Noir.

As in the vineyard, this wine is hand crafted using traditional methods and aged in small French oak barrels for 11 months, using a mix of older and new (25%) barrels.



Tasting Notes

Redcurrant, vanilla, hints of tobacco and black cherry aromatics are complimented with a warm richly textured palette. This wine exhibits a great depth of flavour with a strong dominant finish.

Viticulturalist: Richard Flatman

Winemaker: Dean Shaw

Available: July 2007

Drink:  2007 - 2012

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Award / Reviewer Date Rating Review
Times Online, Jane MacQuitty Jun 2008 Pure plummy

Jane MacQuitty's top 100 summer wines - under £20 

Actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks estate is as far from Hollywood as you can get, in New Zealand’s South Island. Central Otago’s potential to produce pinot noir to challenge Burgundy was obvious from the start, and Neill was one of the first to prove the point. This delivers the pure, plummy, silky, rose-scented fruit that impressed me so much initially.


The Telegraph, UK Robert Joseph Jun 2008 5/5

New Zealand's best wines and wineries

Of the growing list of vineyard-owning celebrities, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Piano) stands apart in the personal commitment he has put into his Pinot Noir vines. This wine is a blend of three vineyards, and shows off intense flavours of plums and just-ripe red and black cherries, with some toasty oak. Very mouthwatering.


The Wine Advocate, Neal Martin May 2008 90 Points

The 2006 Pinot Noir has the edge, quite complex on the earthy, leathery nose; the medium bodied palate inbued with good natural acidity, earthy elements and a light, savoury, grainy finish.

Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith Aug 2007

Two Paddocks has made three stylish pinots this year – the stylish, charming Two Paddocks First Paddock 2006 (4 Stars); the oaky textural Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir (31/2 Stars), but for drinking now, the Picnic has the charm of youth with lots of fruit nicely balanced with a hint of spice, and a good finish.

Wine NZ Magazine Jun 2007 Very dark

Very dark. Very youthful but bold and assertive fruit with a swag of oak. Tannins are firm and solid. Has the concentration and depth of flavor to develop over  time.