An estate grown winemaker’s barrel selection made from Two Paddocks’ own vineyards in Central Otago, this wine is a quintessential cool climate Pinot Noir.
As in the vineyard, the wine is hand crafted using traditional methods including hand plunging and 25% whole bunch fermentation. It was then aged in French barriques for 11 months, using a mix of older and new (25%) barrels.
Vintage Comment:A cooler Spring followed by good calm weather through flowering and so a positive fruit set was achieved. More than average moisture and less than average grower degree days delayed veraison and resulted in a long slow growing season achieving intense flavour development in the fruit.
Vibrant ruby colour with a lifted perfumed nose, this wine exhibits dark cherry and plum fruit characters, with a concentrated herbal complexity and a distinctive lengthy savoury finish.
In 2009, this wine is an equal assemblage from our Gibbston First Paddock and Alexandra Last Chance vineyards. Again, each block and clone was picked and fermented separately, with the final blending taking place prior to bottling.
pH 3.60 -- TA 5.9 g/l -- Alc 13.5%
Harvest Dates: Last Chance – 20 April 2009, Gibbston First Paddock – 29 April 2009
Proprietor: Sam Neill
Viticulturist: Mike Wing
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: April 2010
Total Production: 603 cases Cellaring: 2011 – 2017
Sale of Liquor License Ref: OF129
Licence No. 67/OFF/30/2022
Expires 24th August 2025