NZ Organic Wine Awards: 'Sustainable Vineyard of the Year 2024' plus 2 Gold and 2 Silver Medals. Full details

Picnic Riesling - 2022

Tasting Notes

Floral citrus notes, blossom spice and lime, strong mineral drive, zesty and vibrant. This wine has great poise and balance with citrus notes that linger to the back palate. A fantastic aperitif style that is also well matched with richer dishes of cheese, pork, charcuterie, seafood and poultry.

About the Wine

Featuring the Proprietor’s Grandfather, S.E.D. Neill – Wine Merchant, on the label, Picnic Riesling is our perennial favourite and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Riesling. We think it is just as much a dinner wine as a luncheon – equally enjoyable at home outdoors, as at the Captain’s Table. Organically grown on two small blocks at Two Paddocks home vineyard (HQ), The Red Bank Farm & Vineyard, in Earnscleugh, Alexandra. Hand harvested and crafted in to a delicious off-dry fresh style appealing to just about everyone on the planet…


Vintage Comments

Spring and early summer started off well as temperatures steadily increased and regular rainfall meant soil moisture was high enabling the vines to easily access nutrients, so the vines had strong healthy early growth.

February was cooler than typical though with several cold southerly fronts bringing rain, which slowed veraison and seemed to stall what was at that point heading for an early harvest. Then March was far warmer and actually surpassed February for heat accumulation - and an early harvest was back on! Harvest 2022 began on the 24/3/22 and finished on the 26/4/22.

It was the year that the region struggled to find workers due to Covid but Viticulturist, Mike Wing’s, close collaboration with local orchardists who all shared their workers, ensured Two Paddocks had another great harvest Crew.

Soils are schist based gravelly loams. Own roots – cane cuttings from Felton Road. Single cane, one bunch per shoot and very close planted at 5500 vines per hectare. Both shoot and lateral thinned to reduce crop load.

Leaves that expose the grapes when ripening are also plucked off to increase sunlight exposure in to the vine canopy. Hand harvested.

Brix at harvest 21.5, pH 3.02 and TA 9.0g/L. Hand harvested on the 21st April 2022 and whole bunch pressed, which just means that the press was loaded with the grapes as intact bunches, versus removing the stems first. This pressed juice was then steeped on those skins (in wine language we call that ‘skin contact’) for 14 hours to extract aromatics and flavour and then it was inoculated with yeast and fermented to just off-dry wine. We then left the wine sitting in tank on its lees (spent yeast cells that boost body and complexity) for three months before bottling.

PH Level3.16
BottledNovember 2022
Total Production578 cases
Cellaring2022 - 2028
ViticulturistMike Wing
WinemakerDean Shaw
Total Acidity8g/l

Reviews & Awards

The NZ organic wine awards are New Zealand's only wine show dedicated to organic and biodynamic wines. The awards were founded in 2014 and continue to grow each year.
Mike Bennie
"Two Paddocks does good with rizza. Slick and medium weight with medium sugary-sweetness in tow. Supple, slick and with a core of tangerine acidity, this feels good to drink, flows well and finishes long. A melange of all kinds of citrus. Just a yum drink."

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