“We grow our premium Two Paddocks Pinot Noir entirely on our four small estate vineyards in Central Otago. In some exceptional vintages, listening carefully, we realise that one of these sites may have something extraordinary to say in its own right. It is only then that we will make one of these very rare single vineyard wines.”
Sam Neill, Proprietor
To be released 1 May 2018. Very appealing and aromatic pinot noir with plum, berry, spice, anise, thyme and nutty oak flavours. A silken, creamy texture adds extra appeal and gains support from peppery tannins, which suggest good cellaring potential.
96 points, Bob Campbell MW (December 2017)
An effortlessly lovely wine with fleshy texture, sweet fruit, richness, concentration and balance. Deep and gorgeous; a complete wine.
96 points, Huon Hooke (January 2019)
Beautifully pristine pinot, this sweet-spot pinot location has performed well in 2016, delivering a pinot that has an immaculately fresh core of red and black cherries with a sleek, smoothly rendered tannin frame that flows effortlessly and long. Truly superb pinot.
96 points, Nick Stock (October 2018)
My favorite of the 2016s from Two Paddocks comes from the warmest of its vineyards, was vinified as 70% whole clusters and saw the largest proportion of new oak (33%). That probably says more about my palate than Dean Shaw's winemaking or the various vineyards Two Paddocks owns, but it is worth noting. The 2016 The Fusilier Pinot Noir is floral and stemmy up front, but it's balanced by layers of mixed fruit that offer richness and texture without excess weight, finishing on silken notes of incredible delicacy and length.
94+ points, Joe Czerwinski (March 2018)
Velvety tannins set the stage for up-front, bright and tangy flavors of strawberry and cranberry. Details of talc, dried thyme and sage and black pepper emerge, lingering on the finish, with an air of elegance.
92 points, MaryAnn Woobiec, Wine Spectator (2018)
Central Otago, located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand, is the world’s most southerly wine region. In a short amount of time, the area has established itself as a world-class region for Pinot Noir. The picturesque region is surrounded by mountains ensuring a cool semi-continental climate that experiences a large diurnal range contributing to the creation of intensely concentrated wines with perfume, and complexity. Central Otago’s vineyard area is divided into six distinct sub regions each with their own climate and wine style. Best known for producing intensely Fruity medium to full bodied Pinot Noir, Central Otago’s cool climate also produces outstanding Riesling as well as superb bottle-fermented Sparkling wines.