Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago
Vinification: Hand harvested and sorted then a 50% whole bunch indigenous ferment in a dedicated First Paddock French oak cuve
Ageing/Maturation: Matured in 30% new French oak with the balance in older wood for an extended 14 months of barrel maturation
Two Paddocks First Paddock Pinot Noir 2016
Exotic wild flower, bramble and spice aromatics followed by a silky multi layered profile with hidden depth, texture and length
Wine Advocate - 94 points
" I wanted to produce a good pinot noir that would, at the very least, be enjoyed by my family and friends. Frankly, my friends will pretty much drink anything, so this didn't seem too hard. To our great surprise, our first vintage in 1997 was much better than we hoped, in spite of a difficult growing season. 1998 was a more distinguished vintage, and in 1999 we were astounded to produce a pinot that was, we thought, world class.
Since that original release in 1997, with each successive year we have produced a Pinot Noir (sometimes 4 or 5 pinot noirs) that have done us proud and are, to be frank, too good to be wasted on our friends. They still somehow manage to bludge a lot off us, and that, combined with The Proprietor's generous thirst, accounts for the occasional scarcity of Two Paddocks Pinot.
In short, we have become outrageously ambitious - we want to produce year after year, the world's best pinot noir. "