2018 Two Paddocks Proprietors Reserve The First Paddock Pinot Noir
While actors venturing into the world of wine is not a new occurrence, Sam Neil's Two Paddocks venture is perhaps more of a love affair than most. Sam is a humble man with farming in his blood, and is happier talking about his farm and winery than his acting career, and it's perhaps a welcome diversion that keeps him grounded. After starting out intending to produce a decent wine to serve to family and friends, the venture is aiming high with the hope of making the finest Pinot Noir in the country.
The First Paddock is the original, much loved Two Paddocks vineyard. Planted in 1993, it is now one of the older blocks in Central Otago. Superbly situated in the midst of upper Gibbston, planted in carefully selected Burgundian clone pinot noir vines and meticulously tended. This is a thoughtfully crafted expression of their foundation site.
There’s a sweetly smoky edge to this sappy and wildly fresh pinot that has attractive wild herbs, as well as a swirling array of rose flowers, blueberries, cherries and spices. The palate has exceptional polish and deeply layered fruit tannin, glazed with spicy oak nuances and holding long, fresh and silky. From organically grown grapes.