Two Paddocks Central Otago
Actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park – as well as more demanding roles) is a celebrity wine producer in a fashionable wine region. But don’t let that put you off as beneath the lightly irreverent façade there is serious intent here – and very good Pinot Noir. The wines are currently made by Dean Shaw at the Central Otago Wine Company, in which Neill is a partner. First Paddock is from the Gibbston Valley while Last Chance Pinot Noir is from the 3 ha Alex Paddocks site in the Earnscleugh Valley. Another site here, Redbank, will provide a third example. Grapes are hand-picked, with an emphasis on low yields and sustainable viticulture. Around 20% new French oak is used. Last Chance has more depth and class, First Paddock is more floral and fruit-intense. Accessible now, both should keep for 5 years. Picnic is a second label for Pinot Noir, Riesling and more but these have not been tasted.
To find out more about Two Paddocks and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide New Zealand..
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