Two Paddocks Earnscleugh / Alexandra
Two Paddocks Riesling is an estate grown single block selection made from fruit grown at Two Paddocks’ Redbank Vineyard situated in Earnscleugh, Central Otago. As in the vineyard, this wine was handcrafted using traditional methods and bottled early to ensure all the integrity and vitality of the wine was preserved. The soils in this block are well draining schist loam and the vines tend to thrive. Additionally the extreme diurnal temperatures experienced in Alexandra (Earnscleugh) between day and night are responsible for both metabolising acidity and retaining an intense flavour profile – all this really means is that we feel a drier wine style is both possible and appropriate.
A generally warmer year than 2011, the fruit displayed ripe, stone fruit flavours, gentle acidities and well behaved pH levels. Ideal December flowering conditions resulted in well formed medium sized bunches at desired low cropping rates. A relatively long cool autumn ripening period produced low sugar levels and wine based on mineral complexity with subtle fruit characteristics.
Only the second riesling release under the Two Paddocks banner. Crafted from a tiny half-hectare block at Two Paddocks Redbank Vineyard at Earnscleugh, Central Otago, which consistently produces the ripest and most intense riesling on the estate. All grapes are grown using sustainable principles, hand harvested, fermented in stainless steel with a small percentage in aged oak.
Ruby grapefruit, lime and stone-fruit aromatics followed by a mineral driven, tightly structured palate showing lots of drive, tension and persistence.
pH 3.00 -- TA 8.0 g/l
Alc 11.5% -- R/S: 5 g/L
Harvest Dates: 1 – 21 April 2011
Proprietor: Sam Neill
Viticulturist: Mike Wing
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: Nov 2012
Total Production: 150 cases
Cellaring: 2013 – 2017
|Award / Reviewer||Date||Rating||Review|
|Mike Bennie, The Wine Front||Jan 2014||94 Points||Read More|
Light, frisky, fine perfume of citrus, green apple, floral things - zing! Bright and frisky entry to the wine. Tightly wound and laser-like across the palate, very long in flavour, intense and coiled. Super fine, needle-like thrust of zingy, lightly chalky textured wine. Really inward. Very good. Tasted : Oct-13 Drink : 2013 - 2017