Two Paddocks was established in 1993 by itinerant actor, Sam Neill, who was raised in, and still calls the South Island of New Zealand, home. Initially Sam bought a paddock in Gibbston and aimed to grow a small amount of his favourite grape for friends and family. His good pal, bought the paddock next door and so ‘Two Paddocks’ was born.
A cooler vintage in the Gibbston valley than normal resulted in a wine demonstrating stronger herbal aromatics – brambles, sage, and thyme with hints of spice. With higher acidity the wine demonstrates a leaner palate that will develop with age. Again this vintage is characterised by a warm richly textured mouth feel, with subtle elegance and finesse culminating with a long persistent finish.
Four different ferments were undertaken using natural yeasts. Fermentation was achieved over an average of 4 weeks using cold soak, fermentation and post maceration. The wine was then transferred to small French barrels using 37% new barrels with the remainder ranging in age from 1 to 3 years. The wine was aged for 11 months before bottling May 2, 2005.
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