Two Paddocks 2014 ‘The Fusilier’ and 2013 ‘The Last Chance’ Pinot Noir

14-Apr-2016
The acquisition of ‘The Fusilier’ vineyard at the end of Felton Road has given Two Paddocks proprietor Sam Neill the unique position of owning vineyards in all three of Central Otago’s great valleys. ‘The Fusilier’ vineyard in the Cromwell Basin joins the ‘First Paddock’ vineyard in the Gibbston Valley and ‘The Last Chance’ and ‘Red Bank’ vineyards in the Alexandra Basin, giving a total of 19 ha of estate fruit to enable the making of the ‘Two Paddocks’ and ‘Picnic’ wines without sourcing grapes under contract. The top ‘Proprietor’s Reserve’ wines are the single vineyard Pinot Noirs ‘First Paddock’, ‘The Last Chance’ and now ‘The Fusilier’. They will be fascinating to compare over the coming years, as they will, no doubt, show terroir sub-regional characteristics. Here, I review the single site Pinot Noir offerings for 2016, these being the inaugural ‘The Fusilier’ 2014 from Bannockburn, the only single vineyard wine produced in that vintage, and ‘The Last Chance’ 2013 from Earnscleugh, this wine held back an extra year due to its more reserved and tighter nature. They will be released 1st May. www.twopaddocks.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Two Paddocks ‘Proprietor’s Reserve’ ‘The Fusilier’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Two Paddocks ‘Proprietor’s Reserve’ ‘The Last Chance’ Earnscleugh Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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