Two Paddocks 'Picnic' Pinot Noir 2019

AT FIRST SIP- Red current, crushed red cherry, alpine pine and fresh thyme. Very supple though with sturdy, spicy tannins. Acidity comes through as lifting the fruit towards more spice. AFTER A FEW- Much like admiring an outfit, then you realise on closer inspection that is made of fine fabric, is hand stitched and full of bespoke details.

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AT FIRST SIP- Red current, crushed red cherry, alpine pine and fresh thyme. Very supple though with sturdy, spicy tannins. Acidity comes through as lifting the fruit towards more spice. AFTER A FEW- Much like admiring an outfit, then you realise on closer inspection that is made of fine fabric, is hand stitched and full of bespoke details.

About This Wine

This is a beautiful introduction to all things Central Otago Pinot Noir. The grapes are hand harvested in early April from their three sites; 36% Alexandra, 46% Bannockburn, 18% Gibbston Valley. Fruit was mostly de stemmed, only 11% left as whole bunches. Only wild yeasts were used in fermentation and Picnic sees predominantly seasoned French oak barrels (only 4% new) before maturing a further 9 months before release. 

Two Paddocks is famous more many reasons. Whether it is the highly awarded Pinot Noirs or the estate’s famous proprietor; Sam Neil, Two Paddocks continues its exponential rise as one of the stars of New Zealand wine producers. Central Otago is so far south the temperature can shift an enormous amount in a single day. It is a stark, stunning and unique landscape. 

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It's up for debate between Patagonia and Central Otago as the most southern wine region in the world. Either way, that gives you an idea of just how far south it is. This means short winter days and long summer days, all with dramatic shifts in temperatures often within mere hours. 

Central Otago was pioneered by a handful of producers, in various corners of the region; Rippon in Wanaka, Black Ridge in Earnscleugh/Alexandra,  and Gibbston Valley wines and Chard Farm in Gibbston Valley. The early 80s marked the beginning of commercial winemaking in the region with this dedicated quartet. Taking their advice from local farmers and stone fruit growers. In a blink of an eye in wine terms, Pinot Noir from Central Otago quickly emerged on the world stage with an impressive debut. The region shot to fame in Pinot circles for the quintessential NZ 'pungency', expressive and sometimes enormous flavours. The 2000's marked the coming of age for the region as winemakers and viticulturists began to refine their last 20-30 years experience with this semi desert region. 

The Sub-regions of Central Otago are listed from south to north are; Earnscleugh/Alexandra, Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn, Lowburn, Bendigo, Wanaka and Waitaki (although in North Otago, the region is so small it's best to consider it alongside Central Otago)

Today, Pinot Noir is barely over 5% of New Zealand's wine growing acreage, and most of it is (upwards of 80%) is still planted to Pinot Noir. Riesling is the dark horse here as well as some extra lithe yet lush Chardonnay. Pinot Noir here under the best producers have reached a stage of elegant power, singing natural acidity and perfume yet with that oh so satiating 'Otago' suppleness. 

Our favourite producers from the area are;  Akitu, Alpine Wine Co., Felton Road, Burn Cottage, Mount Edward, Prophets Rock, Rippon and Valli.

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