TWO PADDOCKS | Pinot Noir | 2016
pinot noir


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Sam Neill had a dream: to produce some of the greatest wines imaginable. All modesty aside, he decided that there is no place for modesty in his family-owned company, and therefore the resulting wines are so much better than that. Having said all that, they don’t take themselves at all seriously – the seriousness they leave to their very serious wines.

The wine we are going to review today is a living legend from New ZealandPinot Noir 2016 by Two Paddocks. This is a very very small company, utterly obsessed with pinot noir, riesling, organics, quality, authenticity, detail and style. The domain is made up of four beautiful organic vineyards scattered around Central Otago – the southernmost wine region in New Zealand and possibly the whole wine world. The wine itself is a harmonious blend of different pinot noir grapes sourced from the four organic vineyards: 68% The Fusilier, 13% The Last Chance, 13% The Red Bank and 6% The First Paddock. This pinot noir blend is nothing less than a bottled art as it was designed by a synergy of nature and passion: the grapes have been hand harvested, 75% de-stemmed and given a 5-7 day pre-fermentation cold maceration. After an indigenous ferment the wine is given another 5-7 days post ferment time on skins. Wine is then transferred to 1-4 (20% new oak) year old French medium toast barriques for a 10-month maturation, before racking and bottling. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


clarity: clear | hazy | cloudy | misty
brightness: dull | hazy | bright | starbright
concentration: translucent | pale | medium | deep | opaque
color: indigo | purple | ruby | garnet | copper
hue: indigo | purple | ruby | garnet | copper

stain: light | medium | heavy
viscosity: low | medium | high
gas evidence: yes | no
sediment: yes | no

outset: clean | faulty [TCA | sulphur | ethyl acetate | geosmin | brett | oxidation | VA]
intensity: delicate | light | moderate | rich | powerful
fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits | blue fruits | berry fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry | sweet cherry | red plum | red currant | cranberry
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackcurrant | blackberry | black raspberry
__blue fruits: blue plum | blueberry | honeyberry | blue huckleberry
__berry fruits: strawberry | raspberry | wild strawberry | goji berry | wolfberry
fruit character: baked | unripe | ripe | overripe | jammy | dried

non fruit: floral | vegetal | herbal | spice | oak | sweet | animal | earth
__floral: orange blossom | roses | peonies | lilac | violet | lavender
__vegetal: dill | bell pepper | capsicum | asparagus | olive
__herbal: eucalyptus | coriander | currant leaf | tomato leaf
__spice: red pepper | black pepper | nutmeg | cloves | anise | rosemary | ginger | mint
__oak: coconut | vanilla | cinnamon | liquorice | tobacco | coffee | chocolate | smoke
__sweet: caramel | toffee | burnt sugar | molasses | menthol | dried figs
__animal: gravy | capocollo | veal| leather | musk | barnyard | horse saddle
__earth (organic): soil dust | turf | forest floor | compost | mushrooms | truffle
__earth (inorganic): limestone | chalk | slate | flint | aspirin | petroleum | varnish
__wood: [old | new | none] / [dried | roasted | charred]
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary

sweetness: bone dry | dry | off dry | sweet | extra sweet
acidity: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
alcohol: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
tannin: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
__grip: fine | ripe | firm | green | rough
texture: creamy | round | lean
body: light | medium | full
balance: bad | poor | fair | good | fine
__dominant: sugar | acidity | alcohol | tannin | none
complexity: simple | moderate | complex

fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits | blue fruits
fruit character: baked | unripe | ripe | overripe | jammy | dried
non fruit: floral | vegetal | herbal | spice | oak | sweet | animal | earth
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary
finish: short | med(-) | medium | med(+) | long
aftertaste: rough | astringent | seedy | appealing | velvety

TWO PADDOCKS | Pinot Noir | 2016

variety: pinot noir
origin: old world | new world
climate: cool | moderate | warm
country: New Zealand
region: Central Otago
rating: 95.5

maturity: on the rise | in its prime | past its prime | on the decline
verdict: fair | good | fine | great | exceptional

96x96This is definitely an exceptional wine of New Zealand and, with a total of 95.5 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Verdict: this is a world-class pinot noir wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form – a wine that is definitely ready to drink now or kept for another year in the bottle. that’s an exceptional wine, one that delivers ripe, fine-grained tannins and crisp, mouth-watering acidity and, with a little more time in the glass, a plethora of delicate spiciness and mesmerizing savoury-earthy notes that are so much sought after by the wine connoisseurs. Two Paddocks Pinot Noir is a wine that is about as velvety as any world-class pinot noir can get – supple, round and noble, mixing elegance with finesse.



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