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The First Paddock, Gibbston 2017

Tasting Notes

Begonia, spice, wild herb and blue fruit aromatics on the nose, leads into a mineral infused palate showing elegance, great texture and depth.

About the Wine

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 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 our original much loved 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. This is a thoughtfully crafted expression of our foundation site.

Vintage Comments

After a very mild winter the soil temperature at the beginning of Spring was warmer than usual resulting in a solid growth start with reasonable bud burst conditions. The fruit set (bunch formation)was in the first week of December and was relatively consistent. This set up a reasonable and balanced crop load across the vineyard blocks. After this period ‘The Wind’ started and was relentless until the start of March, when thankfully the more typical warm and dry late summer weather patterns of Central Otago were experienced until harvest in April.

The canopy was in good shape here with cover cropping/cultivation producing good spring growth. Bunches and berries were small but relatively consistent. Veraison was slow from lack of heat but crop loads were low, which helped it over the line with brix at 23. At First Paddock Vineyard in Gibbston, once again it was the foundation block of the first 20 rows of clone 5 planted in 1993 that showed the most even bunches and concentrated flavour.

WinemakerDean Shaw
ViticulturistMike Wing

Reviews & Awards

Wine Spectator, Maryann Worobiec
91 Points
Smoke, herb and cigar box aromas are heady and appealing as they mingle with firm cranberry and strawberry flavours at the core.  Shows good structure, with firm tannins and an appealing thread of acidity weaving in and out. Drink now through to 2033.
Wine Enthusiast
94 point
TWO PADDOCKS The First Paddock Pinot Noir 2017 – 94 points“From one of the original vineyards on the property (planted 1993), as the name suggests, this bottling needs some swirling in the glass or time in a decanter. But like a locked box, once the lid is open, treasures await. And they’re all highly reflective of place. Rhubarb and cherry notes swirl with baking spice, dried flowers and an earthy, mushroom note, morphing over time into a fruitier, more vanilla toned beauty. Silky texture, crystalline acidity and juicy fruit are wrapped in a swaddle of spicy, structured tannins. There’s oak influence, too, but it should melt seamlessly into the wine with a few more years in bottle.” Nick Stock Contributing Editor
96 Points
Super lively nose with a signature layer of wild flowers and herbs, ahead of fresh, spicy red-cherry and raspberry aromas. The palate delivers a velvety array of fine red cherries, set in a smooth, seamless and long style that marries concentration and elegance. This is great pinot. Drink or hold.

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New Zealand


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