The label shows the proprietor's grandparents picnicking at Karitane Beach, Otago circa 1919. The jovial chap with a pipe is Sidney Neill, importer of French wines, among other things. The poor little blighter in the Toulouse-Latrec tie is Dermot Neill, then aged 4 years. Also in the foreground is Gwladys Neill, formidable matriarch and avid picnicker. In the background and weighing 20 lbs Gertrude Elworthy (nee Neill), the proprietor's esteemed aunt.
Once again our perennial favourite – the wine we enjoy everyday and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Pinot Noir. With fruit predominantly sourced from Two Paddock’s own vineyards, Picnic Pinot Noir 2009 is made in a diminutive style suggesting approachability and value for money, although The Proprietor advises enjoying in moderation…
Vintage Comment: A cooler Spring and then there was some good weather through flowering and a positive fruit set was achieved. More than average moisture and less than average growing degree days delayed veraison and maturity, which resulted in a long slow growing season and intense flavour development.
Winemaker’s Notes: A rich ruby colour, with hints of brambles, plums up front, with a distinct herbs and spice in mid palate with the savoury undertones that are distinctive of the vintage. This wine shows good length and depth in its youth and will develop more complexity with bottle age.
pH 3.68 - TA 6.1 g/l - Alc 13.5%
Harvest Dates: 14 April – 5 May 2009
Proprietor: Sam Neill
Viticulturist: Mike Wing
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: April 2010.
Total Production: 3000 cases
Cellaring: 2011 – 2017
Sale of Liquor License Ref: OF129
Licence No. 67/OFF/30/2022
Expires 24th August 2025