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Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2021

The flagship from Two Paddocks – an organically grown barrel selection from the estate properties.  In 2021 this wine was produced from the four Neill family Central Otago vineyards. These small sites are high-density planted in a range of clonal material cropped to under 5 Tonne per hectare with most vineyard practices carried out by hand.  As in the vineyard, the wine is hand crafted using traditional methods including a 46% whole bunch, indigenous fermentation and hand plunging.  Maturation is in French barriques for 10 months, using a mix of older and new (18%) barrels. Vegan friendly.


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 December 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.


Dark blackberry, wild herb, spice and intrigue aromatically. The wine then moves into a dense richly textured mouthfeel. Elegance, finesse abound holding the wine into a tightly knit package whilst will drink superbly in its youth will also reward those who choose to cellar the wine.


Drink now and up to 12 years. This wine will drink well in its youth and has the potential to age.

Proprietor: Sam Neill            Viticulturist: Mike Wing                Winemaker: Dean Shaw

Bottled: February 2022         Total Production: 2000 cases        Cellaring: 2023 -2033

pH 3.60                              TA 6.1 g/l                                        Alc 13.0%

Reviews & Awards

Wine Spectator
92 Points
"This features fresh raspberry, cranberry and dried cherry flavors that are juicy, focused, and intense, with pretty details of sage, white pepper, and matcha on a supple frame. The tannins firm up in an appealing way on the finish. Drink now through 2030." - M.W.
Anne Krebiehl MW, Decanter
95 Points
"Flinty reduction and gentle smoke appear briefly before that fulsome Central Otago fruit takes over: think ripe red cherry edged with hints of ivy. The palate has the same juiciness but also a crunchy, graceful but firm tannin structure along with shimmering nuances of white pepper spice. This is made to last the distance, so buy some, cellar it and wait two or three years."- Anne Krebiehl MW

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Alexandra 9340
Central Otago
New Zealand


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