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Proprietor's Reserve, Two Paddocks 'The Fusilier' Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2017 - MAGNUM *NZ Only*

Tasting Notes

Wild spice, violet, red fruits and some brooding whole bunch aromatics. Flowing on to a rich textural palate that shows great poise, elegance and density.

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 sites 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 Fusilier Vineyard is named in honor of Sam’s father, Major Dermot Neill, a soldier in the Royal 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 is 5.6 hectares of pinot noir, on 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 alluvial fans, which are made up of varying depths of silt, sand and gravel layering all derived from mountainous raw schist parent material.

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.

“Even in a cooler year our warmest vineyard site has produced some of the ripest and most balanced fruit typical of the Felton Rd micro-climate.” 
Mike Wing, Two Paddocks Viticulturist (Since 2009)

Hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard. 65% whole-bunch fermentation in a 3.5 tonne wooden cuve. 5 day cold soak. No commercial yeast added, ferment temperature peaked at 32° – post fermentation transferred to medium and light toast French barriques. 30% new oak and the balance in one- and two-year fill barrels, for 11 months maturation. Light filtration prior to bottling.

Clonal ratio – 40% 777, 30% 115, 25% 667, 5% 10/5

“This wine shows a blue fruit spectrum interlaced with wild herb aromatics and flow. The palate has a strong rich warmth with great texture. This wine shows depth persistence and drive and reflects its place.”
Dean Shaw, Two Paddocks Winemaker (Since 1999)

PH Level3.54
Total Acidity5.8g/l
BottledMarch 2018
CellaringUp to 12 years
ViticulturistMike Wing
Total Production300 doz
WinemakerDean Shaw

Reviews & Awards

Huon Hooke, The Real Review
97 Points
Deep red colour with a good purple tint; the bouquet powerful with lots of stemmy whole-bunch character (they use up to 50% for the single vineyard wines). The palate is very deep and fleshy, strongly constructed, plush-textured and powerful. A very striking pinot noir.
The NZ Organic Library Stock Wine Awards (Vintage wine awards) were launched in 2018 as a proof of concept, to both discover without doubt how certain wines are ageing, and to then promote the  cellaring potential of these wines to consumers.2022 Library Stock Wine Awards 2016 & 2017 vintages
James Suckling
96 Points
“Very complex, complete and convincing Bannockburn pinot noir that delivers a fascinating array of pure red cherries, sappy and spicy complexity and a beautifully arranged palate that has long, fleshy and silky fruit presence. Exceptional pinot.” Nick Stock
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
96 Points
This is deeply scented and engaging on the nose showing dark berry, smoked game, truffle, thyme and floral aromas, followed by a superbly concentrated palate that's plush and persistent. It's generous yet elegant and harmonious with multi-layered mouthfeel, finishing impressively long and expansive. From their Bannockburn Vineyard. At its best: now to 2030. Certified organic.

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