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The Fusilier 777 Pinot Noir - 2019

About the wine

The Fusilier 777 2019 Pinot Noir - Bannockburn, Central Otago

Single site. Single clone. Single fermentation.
“We grow our premium Two Paddocks Pinot Noir entirely on our four small vineyards in Central Otago. Insome exceptional vintages, listening carefully, we realise that one of these may have something extraordinaryto say in its own right. It is only then that we will make one of these very rare, single vineyard reserve wines.”Sam Neill, Founder & Proprietor

The Fusilier Vineyard is named in honour of Sam’s father, Major Dermot Neill, a soldier in theRoyal Irish Fusilier Regiment for twenty years before returning home to Dunedin, New Zealand,where he ran the family Wine & Spirit business, Neill & Co. Planted entirely in 2000, The Fusilier is5.6 hectares of pinot noir, situated on a rolling northerly facing terraces at the western end of Felton Rd and bordered by the vineyard of the same name. Soils on the terraces consist of deep alluvialfans, which are made up of varying depths of silt, sand and gravel layering all derived frommountainous raw schist parent material. Elevation 275m and rainfall 350mm.

Tasting Notes

777 Single Clone Pinot Noir

‘777’ is one of the so-called ‘Dijon’ pinot noir clones. Originally from Morey St. Denis in the Coted'Or, it is at the heart of some of Burgundy's greatest reds. This clone's typically smaller grape sizeand bunch weights make for intensity in both the fruit flavours and aromatics. A small block of pinot noir vines that are all classified ‘Clone 777’ can be found thriving on anelevated warm terrace at The Fusilier Vineyard. Every year this combination of site, soil and cloneconsistently produces some of the punchiest and dense pinot noir off the entire vineyard. In 2019,the Two Paddocks Crew thought that this particular block of fruit and the resulting wine, wasextraordinary enough to be a standalone wine and so the inaugural ‘The Fusilier 777’ was produced.There are less than one thousand bottles available so it is truly a micro production.

Vintage Comment:

The Two Paddocks 2019 vintage experienced above average rainfall over the Winter and earlySpring, meaning soil water remained at luxury levels for vines over the entire growing season. TheSummer heat did accumulate though and shoots grew with ease without any destructive winds. Accurate leaf removal and crop thinning meant the vines had a balanced crop load and the fruit was
very clean. A noticeable benefit was the lack of wind damaged shoots and leaves which reallyincreases the vines ability to produce energy late into the season.Mike Wing, Viticulturist (Since 2009)


Winemakers Notes:

Hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard. 88% whole-bunch fermentation in a 3.5 tonne wooden cuve.8 day cold soak at 7c. No commercial yeast added. Fermentation took 9 days to complete and thetemperature peaked at 33° – post fermentation maceration was 8 days at 28c. The wine was thentransferred to medium and light toast French barriques. 25% new oak and the balance in one- andtwo-year fill barrels, for 11 months maturation. Light filtration prior to bottling.

Spicy mocha, driedherb and dark brooding fruit aromatics on the nose give way to a rich, warmly textured mouthfeelshowing softness, density and length.Dean Shaw, Two Paddocks Winemaker (Since 1999)

pH3.65 TA 5.7 g/LAlc13.0%

Proprietor:Sam Neill Viticulturist:Mike WingWinemaker:Dean Shaw

Bottled:February 2019Total Production:906 bottlesCellaring:Up to 12 years

Reviews & Awards

Bob Campbell MW
95 Points
"The first production of just 77 cases of pinot noir clone 777 probably makes this wine quite collectible. If you still need a motive to buy this wine—it tastes pretty good. Pure and floral with a seasoning of spice and a backbone of fine, peppery tannins. I'd love to re-taste it in a decade or two. "Cellar 2022–2035
"A very punchy, modern edition of this single parcel on Bannockburn that needs some time in the glass to open up. There’s blueberry, violet, red and dark cherry, sappy herbal notes and a spicy-oak thread, too. The palate has a very plush, intense and powerful core of rich, ripe red cherries, underscored by surging acidity that drives fresh and long. Impressive intensity and lovely tannin texture. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap."

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