Two Paddocks 2015 ‘First Paddock’, ‘Last Chance’ and ‘Fusilier’ Pinot Noirs

The Two Paddocks Central Otago wine venture of well-known actor Sam Neill is based on four small vineyards. From three of them, single vineyard wines which show distinctive and individual character, and are of the required level of quality are produced. The ‘First Paddock’ in Gibbston was Sam’s original and foundation vineyard, planted in 1993 to 2 ha of clone 5 Pinot Noir. It was extended in 2008 to 5 ha with more clone 5, as well as 943, 115 and 10/5. It has the highest elevation and rainfall of all his sites and is the last to be harvested each year. The ‘Last Chance’ site in Eanscleugh, Alexandra, is 3 ha in size and was planted in 1998 to clones 5, 6, 115, Abel and 777. It has bony soils and low rainfall. It is named after a water race which runs through the site. The ‘Fusilier’ on Felton Road, Bannockburn has 5.6 h of Pinot Noir, clones 10/5, 115, 777, 113, 114, 667, 5 and 6, planted in 2000. Sam acquired the vineyard from Desert Heart in 2013. It performs with the most consistency of all three sites, and is named after Sam’s father, Major Dermot Neill. 2015 is the first time that Sam has been able to release a single vineyard wine from all three sites simultaneously. The sites come under the viticultural care of Mike Wing, and the wines are made by Dean Shaw at the Central Otago Wine Co. I review the wines here. They are elegant in style and show regionality, and will be released 1 May 2017.


  • Two Paddocks ‘Proprietor’s Reserve’ ‘The First Paddock’ Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
  • Two Paddocks ‘Proprietor’s Reserve’ ‘The Last Chance’ Earnscleugh Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
  • Two Paddocks ‘Proprietor’s Reserve’ ‘The Fusilier’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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