Two Paddocks is owned by renowned actor Sam Neill, who is as enthusiastic about his wines as he is about his movies. Hailing from Central Otago, it's a plush, fruity style that shows elegant, fragrant aromas of ripe cherries and berries, along with heady rose and dried herbs, and licks of savoury meatiness. The palate is medium-bodied and bright, with a compact centre of sweet red berries and dark plums, fine-grained tannins, bright acidity, and a dry, savoury-edged finish that lingers. Should drink well over the next few years.
The flagship from Two Paddocks – an organically grown barrel selection from the family’s properties. In 2015 this wine was produced from all four of the Neill’s Central Otago vineyards. These small sites are high-density planted in a range of clonal material cropped to under 5 Tonne per hectare 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 indigenous fermentation and hand plunging. Maturation is in French barriques for 11 months, using a mix of older and new (25%) barrels.
Vintage Comment: A cool spring in October and into November was followed by warm dry weather over December and a particularly hot and dry January. Flowering was finished by the end of December. Vigour was low and the vines were only green thinned and shoulders removed in the same pass. Wide open bunches meant very little disease pressure was experienced and we started harvest on the 1st April 2015.
Winemaker's Notes: Hand harvested, 75% de-stemmed and given 5-7 pre-fermentation cold maceration. After an indigenous ferment the wine is given another 5-7 days post ferment time on skins. Wine is then transferred to 1-4 (25% new oak) year old French medium toast barriques for an 11 month maturation, before racking and bottling.
Tasting Notes: Lifted red fruit, violet and spicy blackcurrant aromatics. Followed by a suave, textural palate showing lots of density, complexity and persistence.