The Last Chance is a beautifully sited small terrace perched in bright clear air above the Earnscleugh Valley, carefully planted with well-tended Burgundian clone Pinot Noir. It nestles amongst a small cluster of the world’s most southerly vineyards and takes its name from the watercourse that runs through its heart, hand dug by goldminers in the 1860s, The Last Chance.
2010 will be noted as one of our most powerful and concentrated vintages on record. Flowering took place over reasonably unsettled weather in December, and because of this berry size was smaller and bunch weights lowered. The unsettled weather patterns change from late January, and our vintage finished with higher than usual temperature and long settled periods of dry, hot autumn days. The smaller berry size, lack of disease pressure and long length of ripening will ensure that this is a vintage that will stand Central Otago proud.
Last Chance Vineyard:
With the vineyard in much better health and balance than ever before, the fruit was picked at optimum physiological ripeness that allowed the production of a single vineyard wine. A great thrill for all, as there had been no single vineyard wine from Last Chance vineyard since 2004.
Dark blackcurrant, brooding dark spicy mysterious and sensual fruit aromatics with a warm textural palate, lots of complexity and interest and a soft elegant flowing persistent finish.
Soil: Raw schist gravels
Vines: 115 and 5 on various rootstock, 3500 vines per hectare.
Canopy management: VSP two cane, 4 Tonne per hectare, 80g bunches.
Oenology: Hand picked and sorted in the vineyard. One-third 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 light toast French barriques for 11 months maturation. One-third new wood and the balance in second and third fill barrels. Light filtration prior to bottling.
pH 3.48 -- TA 6.3 g/l -- Alc 14%
Proprietor: Sam Neill
Viticulturist: Mike Wing
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: March 2011
Total Production: 150 doz
Cellaring: 2014 -- 2020
Sale of Liquor License Ref: OF129
Licence No. 67/OFF/30/2022
Expires 24th August 2025