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The Last Chance, Earnscleugh 2021

Tasting Notes

A beguiling complex nose showing wild thyme, red fruit and a mix of spicy blackberry and plum aromatics. This gives way to a plush fully textured palate weight giving generous amounts of flavour built on an elegant, fresh and feminine framework, great tension 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 realize 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 Last Chance is a beautifully sited two-hectare terrace perched in bright clear air above the Earnscleugh Valley, carefully planted with well-tended Burgundian clone pinot noir. It nestles amongst a small cluster of the World’s most southerly vineyards and takes its name from the watercourse that runs through its heart, hand dug by gold miners in the 1860s, The Last Chance. Soils are raw schist gravels that are low in fertility and require careful nurturing.

Vintage Comments

A dry cold 2019 winter continued into a dry spring that was dominated some severe wind and snow events. The critical flowering month of December was still relatively cool and experienced 50mm of rain over three days. As a result, flowering was both late and drawn out. Finally, the summer heat arrived in mid-January and lasted until mid-March but the critical cell division stage for the berries was also cool and along with the challenging conditions at flowering, resulted in crop levels being 30-40% down in many of the vineyard blocks.

There were two pieces of very good news though – the smaller bunches and small berries were much easier for the vines to fully ripen in late summer and ultimately resulted in densely coloured, aromatic wines. 2020 harvest was also one of the most compact that Two Paddocks has seen starting on the 6th of April and all done by the 24th April. The Last Chance was harvested on the 8th of April.

PH Level3.55
Total Acidity5.9g/l
BottledMarch 2021
CellaringUp to 10 years
WinemakerDean Shaw
ViticulturistMike Wing
Total Production1950 bottles

Reviews & Awards

SILVER92 Points
Supple wine with floral/violet, dark cherry/berry, vanilla with a a structure of fine tannins balanced by a touch of fruit/alcohol sweetness. Accessible wine that would benefit from a little bottle age. Drinking 2023 - 2029
From a vineyard just 2 km away from the base of operations. One of most southerly vineyards in the world. Vegy nose. Transparent and lively though perhaps with a little less undertow than Gibbston Valley’s Le Maitre but beautiful texture. Dry, very long finish. Admirable build-up on the end. Drinking 2023 - 2030
James Suckling
95 Points
Fresh red currants, wild strawberries and rose hips followed by zesty citrus peel and cedar. Medium-bodied, refreshing acidity and firm yet finely-grained tannins. Underlying complex and savory minerality of mushrooms and wet leaves on the palate and finish. Serious depth and length. Piquant and zesty. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

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