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New Zealand, Central Otago

Two Paddocks

Two Paddocks 'The First Paddock' Pinot Noir 2016

Two Paddocks 'The First Paddock' Pinot Noir 2016

Tasting Notes

The First Paddock vineyard was the first vineyard planted by Two Paddocks in 1993 which makes it one of the older vineyards in Otago. Located in the Gibbston region of Central Otago, this is a very consistent vineyard site.

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

95 pts Wine Spectator Web Only - 2018
Leaps out of the glass, with sophisticated aromas of white pepper, toasted cumin, dried lavender and white truffle. The pure maraschino cherry, pomegranate and cranberry flavors are fresh and vibrant, and the whole package is balanced and complex, reverberating on the finish, with just enough tannic traction to impart an appealing muscular core. Drink now through 2030. 40 cases imported.

94 pts James Suckling, Oct 2018
Very attractive nose here with properly ripe red cherries, blueberries, earthy root vegetables and a whirl of sappy, wild herbs. The impressively long and powerful palate has a strong, central core of tannins that carries fresh, energetic cherry flavors. Drink or hold.

92 pts Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski, Feb 2018
Sam Neill's First Paddock is starting to show some significant vine age, as it was planted to Clone 5 in 1993. There are 200 cases of the 2016 The First Paddock Pinot Noir, a medium-bodied, velvety-textured expression of a cool site in a warm vintage. Floral notes abound, along with dark fruit and savory, earthy notes. Despite its rich texture, there's some serious backbone to this wine, and it should age well for up to a decade.

Winemaker Notes

Bright wild flower, spice and dark red fruit aromatics leads to an ethereal mineral derived palate. Showing great tension, drive and persistence.

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Chemical Analysis




13% Alc.



Pinot Noir

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