Two Paddocks flagship Pinot Noir - an estate grown, barrel selection from the Neill family estate vineyards in Central Otago. These vineyards are high-density planted in a range of clonal material and intensively ‘man-handled’ with nearly all vineyard practices carried out by hand (with the exception of compost spreading). As in the vineyard, the wine is hand crafted using traditional methods including a 25% whole bunch fermentation in French oak cuvees and hand plunging. It is then aged in French barriques for 11 months, using a mix of older and new (25%) barrels.
2010 will be noted as one of our most powerful and concentrated vintages on record. Flowering took place over reasonably unsettled weather in December, and because of this berry size was smaller and bunch weights lowered. The unsettled weather patterns change from late January and our vintage finished with higher than usual temperature and long settled periods of dry, hot autumn days. The smaller berry size, lack of disease pressure and long length of ripening will ensure that this is a vintage that will stand Central Otago proud.
Winemaker’s Notes: A lifted intriguing sensual aroma of blackcurrant, thyme and wild flower aromatics followed by spice and exotic dark fruit flavours. This wine is built on texture, strength, elegance and persistence.
In 2010, this wine was an assemblage from our Gibbston First Paddock and the Earnscleugh Last Chance and Red Bank vineyards. Again, each block and clone was picked and fermented separately, with the final blending taking place prior to bottling.
pH 3.63 -- TA 5.9 g/l -- Alc 13.5%
Harvest Dates: 23 April - 4 May 2010
Proprietor: Sam Neill
Viticulturist: Mike Wing
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: March 2011
Total Production: 1000 cases Cellaring: 2014 – 2017
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|Michael Cooper's NZ Wines 2014 Buyer's Guide||Dec 2013|
The 2010 vintage (4*) was grown at three company-owned sites, in the Alexandra and Gibbston sub-regions. Matured in French oak barriques (25 per cent new), it is full and bright in colour, generous and sweet-fruited, with youthful cherry, plum and spice flavours and excellent depth through the palate. The 2011 (4*) is bright ruby, with good concentration of cherry, spice and slight herb flavours, good complexity and gentle tannins. Best drinking 2014+.