Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"The flagship from Two Paddocks – an organically grown barrel selection from the estate properties. In 2019 this wine was produced from the four Neill family Central Otago vineyards. These small sites are high-density planted in a range of clonal material cropped to under 5 Tonne per hectare with most vineyard practices carried out by hand. As in the vineyard, the wine is hand crafted using traditional methods including a 46% whole bunch, indigenous fermentation and hand plunging. Maturation is in French barriques for 10 months, using a mix of older and new (18%) barrels.
Hand harvested, 54% de-stemmed and given a 7 day pre-fermentation cold maceration to extract colour and aroma. After an indigenous fermentation, with a single plunging per day, the wine was given another 5 days post fermentation time on skins. Wine is then transferred to 1-4 (18% new oak) year old French medium toast barriques for a 10-month maturation, before racking and bottling.
Estate Vineyard composition: 37% The Fusilier – Bannockburn, 7% – The Last Chance – Earnscleugh (Alexandra), 40% The Red Bank – Earnscleugh (Alexandra) and 16% The First Paddock – Gibbston.
Bramble, spice and wild herb aromatics sit gently on the nose, then lead to an elegant finely driven mouthfeel, showing poise, freshness and a lingering persistent finish."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, December 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Made with fruit from the Bannockburn, Earnscleugh and Gibbston vineyards – this wine displays aromas of reds cherries and wild raspberry, wild flowers and thyme, stony minerality and fine baking spices of oak. Overall nicely complex, but not too much. Dry, savoury, complex and youthfully tense on the palate. Flavours of red berries and dried herbs reflect the nose. Firm tannins and plenty of acidity along with a nice core of fruit ensure longevity and development to come. Well made, youthful and not yet ready. Cellar still with best drinking from early 2021 through 2026."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Gorgeously fruited and inviting, the bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, fragrant spice and vanillin oak characters, leading to a beautifully rounded palate that’s succulent and fleshy. It’s wonderfully harmonious and textured with a lengthy silky finish. At its best: now to 2026."
93/100 Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, October 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Produced from the Bannockburn, Earnscleugh and Gibbston sub-regions, this has a gently tarry, reductive edge to the nose with a sappy array of red and black-cherry aromas, as well as nicely placed baking spices and wild herbs. Fine and agile palate. This is elegant with plenty of fresh flavour. Decanting recommended. Drink now."