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Proprietors Reserve, Two Paddocks 'The First Paddock' Pinot Noir Gibbston 2021

Tasting Notes

Forest floor, redcurrant and Asian spice aromatics give this wine a distinctive Gibbston Valley character. Smooth velvety tannins immerse the pallet with great elegance and poise.

About the Wine

“We grow our premium Two Paddocks Pinot Noir entirely on our four small vineyards in Central Otago. In some exceptional vintages, listening carefully, we realise that one of these sites may have something extraordinary to say in its own right. It is only then that we will make one of these very rare single vineyard wines.” - Sam Neill, Proprietor

The First Paddock is the much loved original Two Paddocks vineyard. Planted in 1993, it is now one of the older blocks in Central Otago. Superbly situated in the midst of upper Gibbston, planted in carefully selected Burgundian clone pinot noir vines and meticulously tended. Soil foundations are derived from the surrounding mountainous schist and windblown loess, but higher rainfalls over the millennia have resulted in increased fertility in these blocks.


Vintage Comments

Vintage 2021 was characterised by climatic variation extremes throughout spring and early summer and then developing into a fantastic finish, with a long stable mid-summer / autumn warm period, right up to and over harvest. At the start of the season, a cold winter continued into a dry warm spring with steady vine shoot growth.

The grapes flowered over Dec 2020, which was warmer than last year but with intermittent rain that resulted in only half the vineyard blocks achieving desired crop loads. The first week of January saw a significant rain event and that set the vineyards up with optimum soil moisture levels for the rest of the season. There was some typical early and late in the season frost fighting, but the vine canopies stayed resilient and green with harvest staring a week earlier than typical on the 30th of March and finishing on the 22nd April.

WINE MAKER NOTE: Sourced from the first twenty-five rows of clone 5, planted in 1993 at First Paddock. Hand harvested and sorted, then a 66% whole bunch indigenous ferment in a dedicated First Paddock French oak cuve. Plunged once per day and matured in 25% new French oak with the balance in older wood for an extended 14 months of barrel maturation.

WinemakerDean Shaw
ViticulturistMike Wing
PH Level3.52
Total Acidity6.1g/l
BottledFebruary 2022
Cellaring2023 - 2030
Total Production150 cases

Reviews & Awards

Susy Atkins, Decanter
96 Points
Black cherry and plum, black liquorice,  black olive, sweet spices and a whiff of lavender in a firm wine made with fruit from Neill’s first vineyard in Gibbston, with more tannic structure than usual for the winery. Complex and compelling.
GOLD95 Points
From a cool sub-region although the floral/berry-fruit flavours are physiologically ripe and and deliciously accessible. Silken-textured wine with a core of sweet fruit balanced by gentle acidity and fine, ripe tannins. Elegant wine. Drinking 2023-2030
James Suckling
94 Points
Energetic and lively red fruits of strawberries, cranberries and rose petals followed by ground cloves, tea leaves and crushed rocks. Medium- to full-bodied with crisp acidity and firm yet finely-grained tannins. Plenty of fruit. Very precisely framed and focused. Lingering toasty finish. Open. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

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PO Box 506
Alexandra 9340
Central Otago
New Zealand


Sale of Liquor License Ref: OF129
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Expires 24th August 2025

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