Two Paddocks First Paddock Pinot Noir 2004
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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