Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 12-Sep-2014
Fruit from the ‘Red Bank’ and ‘Alex’ vineyards, Alexandra, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques. Moderately deep red colour with garnet hues, lighter on rim. The bouquet is finely expressed with intense and well-concentrated aromas of savoury dark red cherry and berry fruit entwined with complexing layers of savoury dried herb and stalk notes, along with lifted red florals and some smokiness. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, concentrated flavours of red berry fruits and complex savoury herb and stalk whole bunch complexities are the feature on palate. The fruit is supported by very fine, grainy tannin extraction and crisp, bright acidity, lending a lively, sinewy texture and structure. There is good linearity, carrying the wine to a sustained finish with savoury dried herb and toasty elements. This is a firm and concentrated, savoury and complex-fruited Pinot Noir with a sinewy texture. Match with coq au vin and slow-cooked game dishes over the next 6-7+ years. 850 cases made. 18.0/20 Sep 2014 RRP $47.50 Lighter purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is tight and brash, still needing time to come together, with fresh, herbal-nuanced red berry fruits, oak toast and a touch of reduction. Clearly with the componentry to show good things. Elegant and tightly bound on palate, the tannin grip and acid bite still apparent, but there is bright and sweet red berry fruit with clarity alongside some oak chariness. This has similar complexing detail and quality oak as in the single vineyard ‘Last Chance’ Pinot Noir. Give it another year to be delicious. 18.0-/20 Jun 2014 RRP $55.50

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