Two Paddocks – It’s a Picnic Making Fine Wine

28-Jan-2013

Two Paddocks has its beginnings in 1993 when star actor Sam Neill planted just over 2 ha of clone 10/5 and 5 Pinot Noir in Gibbston, at the same time as his movie industry friend Roger Donaldson, who planted next door, hence the name ‘Two Paddocks'. From success with the first vintage in 1997, the plantings there have been extended with the newer burgundian clones to total 5 ha. Neill added to his holdings with two vineyards in the Alexandra sub-region. The ‘Alex Paddock' has 2.8 ha in clones 5, 6 and 115, planted in 1998; ‘The Last Chance' single vineyard is sourced from this site. ‘Red Bank' a 52 ha farm was acquired in 2000, and clones 667, 777 and 115 are planted here, this being the largest of Sam's vineyards. Riesling is also planted here. This has become the ‘headquarters' for the Two Paddocks operation. Mike Wing is the vineyard manager, running the vineyards at near organic status, and the wines made by the veteran Dean Shaw who heads the Central Otago Wine Co., which Sam has part ownership. Two Paddocks has become one of the stalwarts of the Alexandra sub-region, along with the likes of Grasshopper Rock, but with its Gibbston fruit can be counted as one of the leading Central Otago producers. The ‘Two Paddocks' and secondary ‘Picnic' labels show that the team are consistently on top of their game in making fine wine. Here I review a selection of the current wines along with the two 2010 ‘Proprietor's Reserve' single vineyard Pinot Noirs due for release in April 2013. www.twopaddocks.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Two Paddocks Central Otago Riesling 2011
  • Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

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