TWO PADDOCKS VINEYARDS have this week acquired their fourth vineyard, this one in Bannockburn. Sam Neill says
We’ve been quietly looking around for something good in this neck of the woods for quite a while now and we were very fortunate that the opportunity came up of buying a small vineyard that we’ve always admired – Desert Heart.
Desert Heart Vineyard, situated at the end of Felton Road, has now come under the Two Paddocks umbrella. It is a 6-hectare block entirely devoted to Pinot Noir, which was established in 1999. It lies at the foot of Mount Difficulty and its neighbours are Felton Road, Terra Sancta and Wild Earth vineyards.
The purchase of this Bannockburn vineyard takes the overall Two Paddocks vineyard planting to 19 hectares and ensures that even the PICNIC by Two Paddocks will be 100% estate grown. A new name will be given to the vineyard and Sam is hoping to name it after his father who was a soldier and then ran the family wine & spirit business.
So what does this mean for Two Paddocks?
- Output will increase by 30%, easing allocations.
- Some of the Bannockburn fruit from this site will become a component of both PICNIC by Two Paddocks and the flagship Two Paddocks Pinot Noir.
- Another single-vineyard Pinot Noir will be added to the line-up, bringing the Proprietor’s Reserves to a total of three wines – The First Paddock Vineyard Gibbston, The Last Chance Vineyard Alexandra and The (name pending) Vineyard Bannockburn.
So an exciting start to 2014 for Two Paddocks and as The Proprietor quips, “Hats in the air, if you please!”