Beautiful lustrous colour with intriguing, sensual aroma of blackcurrant, thyme and wild flowers, broadened by notes of exotic spice and ripe dark fruits. Formidable texture, strength, elegance and persistence. Manages both delicacy and power. Super!
Sip and savour on its own or pair with coq au vin or stuffed Portobello mushrooms with blue cheese.
Two Paddocks is a small, family winery that is dedicated to making great wine. Established in 1993 by actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Dead Calm etc), its initial ambitions were modest - "I wanted to produce a good Pinot 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" - but have grown over time as the quality of the product became apparent.
This estate-grown, hand-crafted wine is Two Paddocks' flagship Pinot. After blending, the cuvee is aged in French barriques (25% new) for 11 months. 2012 was a very good Central Otago vintage, characterised by little or no disease pressure, small berry size (better for flavour) and a long, even growing season (again, good for the development of complex berry flavours).
Central Otago, in NZ's South Island, is the world's most southerly wine region. In this dramatically-beautiful landscape (tourist hotspot Queenstown is nearby), Pinot Noir makes up three-quarters of plantings. Wineries are dotted around several unofficial subregions: Alexandra, Gibbston, Wanaka and the Cromwell Basin. The climate is strongly continental, with a large 'diurnal variation' - temperature swing between daytime high and nighttime low - that helps to produce grapes of superb quality.