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New Zealand, Central Otago

Two Paddocks

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2012

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2012 excellent vintage/excellent wine

Food Accompaniments

Duck, pork, mushroom dishes

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91 pts Wine Advocate Issue #216 Dec 2014
Pale to med ruby-purple in color, the 2012 Pinot Noir offers a beautiful nose of bright red cherries, crushed raspberries and lavender with hints of black pepper, fennel seed and damp earth. Light to medium-bodied with a good core of red berry and cherry in the mouth complimented by herbal accents and silky tannins, it finishes long with plenty of layers.
93 pts Wine Spectator 9/30/15
Aromas of mahogany and cypress provide a good base note to the fresh and lively raspberry and pomegranate fruit flavors. The finish grows increasingly complex, presenting hints of tobacco and dried lavender. The tannins offer good grip on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 98 cases imported.

Winemaker Notes

Two Paddocks flagship Pinot Noir - an estate grown, barrel selection from the three small Neill family vineyards in Central Otago. These vineyards are high-density planted in a range of clonal material and intensively "man-handled" with most vineyard practices carried out by hand. As in the vineyard, the wine is hand crafted using traditional methods including a 25% whole bunch wild fermentation and hand plunging. It is then matured in French barriques for 11 months, using a mix of older and new (25%) barrels.

In 2012, this wine was 100% Alexandra fruit from the Redbank and Alex Paddocks sites. Again, each block and clone was picked and fermented separately, with the final blending taking place prior to bottling.

Redcurrant, spice and wild black exotic fruit aromatics followed by a strongly driven wine showing great texture and elegance.

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Chemical Analysis




13% alcohol by volume



Pinot Noir

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